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Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.
13 April 2017

Media Release - April 13, 2017




On Wednesday April 5, 2017, Alba experienced a power station outage that resulted in a temporary loss of power in all 5 Reduction Lines for approximately 3 hours.


Alba subsequently restored all power operations. Reduction Lines 1-4 are operating at normal levels while Reduction Line 5 is partially running and is expected to return to be fully operational by early Q3 2017. The Company stated that it safely managed through the incident with no injuries.  


The Company estimates the incident will result in a loss of 3% to 5% of its total production for 2017 and the losses from the incident will be part of an insurance claim. The Company is conducting an investigation into the root causes of this incident.  In addition, the recovery process is already underway and the Company has begun "re-starting" the pots which were affected by the incident.





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Alba Aerial View



About Alba:

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) - one of the largest and modern aluminium smelters in the world - is renowned for its premium grade aluminium products, technological strength and innovative policies, strict environmental guidelines and high track record for safety. Established in 1971 as a 120,000 tonnes per annum smelter, Alba today produces more than 971,000 metric tonnes per annum of the highest grade aluminium, with products including standard and T-ingots, extrusion billets, rolling slab, properzi ingots, and molten aluminium.


Alba is listed on both the Bahrain Bourse and London Stock Exchange, and the Company's shareholders are Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (69.38%), SABIC Industrial Investment Company (20.62%) and the General Public (10%).






About Line 6 Expansion Project:


Alba's Line 6 Expansion Project is one of the largest brownfield developments in the region. Expected to begin production by early 2019, this Project will boost the smelter's per-annum production by 540,000 metric tonnes, bringing its total production capacity to around 1.5 million metric tonnes per year.

With a CAPEX of approximately US$ 3 billion, the Line 6 Expansion Project involves the construction of a sixth pot line utilising EGA's proprietary DX+ Ultra Technology, a 1,792 MW power station and other industrial services.

Bechtel is the EPCM contractor for the Line 6 Expansion Project smelter. For Power Station 5 (PS 5), GE and GAMA Consortium was awarded the EPC contract, while Siemens is the Power Distribution System contractor.  J.P. Morgan, Gulf International Bank (GIB) and National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) are the Financial Advisors for this Project.

The Bankable Feasibility Study was completed by Bechtel in December 2014. In June 2015, Alba Board approved the Line 6 Expansion Project and in November 2015, Alba secured the natural gas supply for this Project.

The Line 6 Expansion Project will make Alba the world's largest single-site aluminium smelter and be a significant economic boost for the Kingdom of Bahrain due to the many co-investment opportunities through local and foreign aluminium investments.


For further details, please contact:


Eline Hilal

Manager - Investor Relations &

Corporate Secretary

Investor Relations & Public Relations Department

Tel:        (973) 1783 5100 (direct)

Fax:        (973) 1783 3822

E-mail: eline.hilal@alba.com.bh

Website: www.albasmelter.com.bh


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