GE and GAMA Consortium have been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) for the 1,792MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant.

The contract is part of Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 expansion project, which is expected to will make Alba the largest single-site smelter in the world.

Alba board of directors chairman Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said: “The appointment of GE and GAMA Consortium is another significant milestone in Line 6 Expansion Project.

“Alba is progressing on schedule and we look forward to the commissioning of PS 5 which will be the largest and most efficient power station in Bahrain and first power station with H-class gas turbine technology in the Gulf region.”

Under the contract, GE and GAMA Consortium will design, engineer, procure, construct and commission the power plant, which will have an efficiency of 54%.

Alba, however, did not disclose the companies involved in the consortium.

For the project, which is also known as Power Station 5, GE will supply three 9HA gas turbines, three steam turbines and three high recovery steam generators (HRSGs).

GE Power’s Gas Power Systems Middle East and North Africa president and CEO Mohammed Mohaisen said: “GE is deploying its industry-leading 9HA turbines for the combined cycle plant, which is the world’s most efficient with the highest levels of operational flexibility and top-notch engineering performance.”

Scheduled to be commissioned in early 2019, Line 6 project is expected to increase Alba’s annual production by 540,000t, to reach 1,500,000t.

Image: GE and Alba officials. Photo: courtesy of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba).