Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has secured a long term agreement with Italian flurochemical firm Fluorsid for the supply of smelter-grade aluminium fluoride.
In a statement, Alba said the deal comes as part of the group’s Line 6 Expansion project, one of the largest brownfield developments in the Middle East.
Alba’s board approved the project in June 2015, with the firm securing the natural gas supply for it five months later. The development will make Alba the world’s largest single-site aluminium smelter with a total production volume of 1.5 million tonnes.
Speaking on the tie-up, Tim Murray, Alba’s chief executive officer, said the group “has a long-strategic partnership with Flurosid spanning over decades”.
He added: “This agreement will strengthen our collaborative relationship and enable us to continue to offer the best value to our clientele.”
Lior Metzinger, Fluorsid’s managing director, added: “The signature of this agreement with Alba as well as the establishment of our logistic centre in Bahrain through Simplis Logistics represent an important milestone in the historical cooperation between Alba and Fluorsid.”
The news comes two months after Alba announced that its "intensive commissioning effort" is gathering pace as engineering, procurement, and construction consortium GE-Gama presses ahead with work on Alba's Power Station 5 to meet the first hot metal pouring deadline.