World's largest single site smelter
GE’s Power Services business, together with Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), announced the first multi-year agreement in the Gulf region for HA-class gas turbines, to power the world’s largest single site smelter in Manama, Bahrain. GE will also deliver three HA gas turbines for Alba’s combined-cycle power plant, Power Station 5.
This historic agreement will use high availability (HA) technology to enhance and drive performance, predictability, profitability, and efficiency. Equally important, the agreement marks the first order of H-class turbines by the aluminum smelting industry anywhere in the world.
GE and GAMA, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner, will together oversee the design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning, including maintenance and repair, digital remote support, onsite personnel support and more, for the 1,792 megawatts (MW) Power Station 5.
“GE and GAMA Consortium have a proven track record when it comes to delivering world-class industrial projects in our region and around the world, and we are thrilled to work with them on this project,” said Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray. “Alba is building the world’s largest single-site smelter, and we will utilize GE’s advanced HA technology to create the most efficient power station in Bahrain.”
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Apart from allowing for increased power capacity, supporting the plants' smelter expansion, the HA technology will also extend outage intervals and offer industry leading flexibility, allowing customers to maintain stable power production and reliably accommodate grid variations through quick start up, rapid load changes and other features.
Moreover, GE’s Digital Power Plant software solutions will play a significant role in helping Alba reach its business goals, offering predictive insights for higher reliability. Additionally, Alba will have the ability to customize and fine-tune the plant over its lifetime, adding to its success.
“We have a long-term partnership with Alba, supporting the company with advanced technology solutions that enhance their operational efficiency and productivity,” said Joseph J. Anis, GE’s president & CEO for Power Services in the Middle East & Africa. “The HA-level technology sets industry benchmarks in cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity, and its first deployment in the Gulf region. The aluminum smelter industry—globally by Alba—highlights the company’s focus on deploying the most advanced technology. We will continue to work with our partners in the region to deliver advanced solutions that help strengthen the power infrastructure.”