Bahrain BSC (Alba) has increased aluminum production at its
fifth potline by 1,000 tonnes per year via an upgrading to AP
37 technology, the company said June 9.
The upgrade became
possible when Alba increased the lines current to 370
kiloamperes, it said.
"In early 2011, the
team outlined a roadmap on how to achieve 370 kA, which was
done with Alba internal resources and without significant
capital expenditure," chief operations officer Isa Al Ansari
said in a statement.
"I am confident that
this level of success will be reflected in future upgrades," he
AP technology is a
type of pre-bake cell technology, of which there are many types
being used in the aluminum industry.
"The upgrade will
increase production by approximately 1,000 metric tonnes on an
annual basis," the Askar, Bahrain-based company said.
AP 37, which allows
for improved efficiencies that can boost production rates, was
developed by Pechiney SA, the French aluminum conglomerate that
was bought by Alcan Inc. in 2003 and subsequently absorbed by
London-based Rio Tinto Plc in 2007.
Last December, Alba
began a bankable feasibility study to determine the viability
of a sixth potline, although it would use DX technology from
Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Aluminium Co. Ltd.,
rather than AP technology.
Alba produced 890,217
tonnes of aluminum in 2012, up from 881,310 tonnes in 2011.
A version of this
article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal