Pow­er­ing the world’s largest sin­gle-site smelter

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This year, the world’s largest and most ef­fi­cient heavy duty gas tur­bine – GE’s HA tech­nol­ogy - is mak­ing its way to Bahrain. Three HA units will form the beat­ing heart of Alu­minium Bahrain B.S.C.’s (Alba) Power Sta­tion 5. No or­di­nary fa­cil­ity, the project will be ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing up to 1,792 megawatts (MW) of power for the world’s largest sin­gle-site smelter on com­ple­tion.

GE’s HA tech­nol­ogy has been se­lected for the project as it pro­vides re­li­a­bil­ity, grid flex­i­bil­ity and a quick re­sponse to the op­er­a­tional needs at Alba, as well as re­duc­ing the costs per $/ tonne, pro­vid­ing Alba with more re­silience to com­pete in a volatile and com­pet­i­tive mar­ket.

GE is lead­ing a con­sor­tium to over­see the de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment, con­struc­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of Power Sta­tion 5.

The project marks sev­eral ref­er­ences. It will be the first time that GE’s H-Class gas tur­bines will be used in the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) re­gion, as well as their first use in the alu­minum smelt­ing in­dus­try any­where in the world, ush­er­ing in a new era of ef­fi­ciency for the sec­tor.

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