Twenty-one staff from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) have completed their on-the-job training with the UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The site training is expected to prepare the Bahraini smelter’s staff ahead of the launch of its Reduction Line 6, which has been built using EGA technology.
The training sessions, spanning more than a year, were designed to familiarise Alba staff with the new technology, DX+ Ultra, which EGA licensed to the Bahraini firm in 2016. The contract was the first instance of an Emirati industrial company internationally licensing its large-scale technology.
EGA’s training sessions with Alba staff are part of the support package provided within the licensing agreement. Other items included within the package include manuals, drawings, training materials, and specialised onsite support services in Bahrain.
Last year, EGA retrofitted its older production lines with the new technology, WAM reported.
Commenting on the training programme, Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of EGA, said: “EGA has worked closely with Alba on the Line 6 Expansion Project to ensure that the deployment of our technology in Bahrain is completed effectively.
“We were proud that Alba selected EGA technology for this important expansion project, and look forward to supporting them through a successful start-up in due course.”
Tim Murray, CEO of Alba, added: “This training has been a crucial part of our preparations to start-up and run Reduction Line 6, as it has provided Alba’s engineers with hands-on experience operating EGA’s technology.”
EGA has been busy in 2018, with its under-construction $3.3bn (AED12.1bn) Al Taweelah alumina refinery recording a development milestone this month.
Al Taweelah is the first project of its kind to be built in the UAE, and the Middle East’s second. First alumina from the refinery is expected in H1 2019.