Aluminum Bahrain (Alba), the world’s largest aluminum smelter ex-China, has signed a full turnkey contract with Japanese Mitsubishi Power, a power solution brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and SEPCO III consortium to start work on the Block 4 in Power Station 5 at Alba.
Under the terms of the contract, Mitsubishi Power & SEPCO III consortium will be responsible to design, engineer, procure, construct (EPC) and commission 680.9 megawatts (MW) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Block.
Mitsubishi Power will supply a combined cycle power plant, which comprises of M701JAC gas turbine, an air-cooled version of J-series gas turbines and a steam turbine. JAC gas turbines are capable of using up to 30 percent hydrogen fuel by volume, to meet future decarbonization needs globally, and to reach 100 percent hydrogen fuel in the future with minimal existing infrastructure modification.
Mr. Hideshi Kawamoto, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Power, Dr. Javier Cavada, President and CEO for EMEA Region at Mitsubishi Power, Mr. Khalid Salem President of Mitsubishi Power Middle East and North Africa region and GTCC Business Unit Leader, EMEA, SEPCO III Vice President Mr. Kong Lingfeng as well as the CEO of Alba, Mr. Ali Al Baqali, CPO Mr. Amin Sultan and other senior officials, were present at the signing ceremony.
“We are thrilled to add a fourth block into Power Station 5 to bring its power output to more than 2.4 gigawatts (GW). Investing in efficient gas turbine, our latest ambitious power project, will accelerate our ESG transition and enable Alba to reduce its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as we embrace Bahrain’s objectives to reach Net Zero by 2060. We are also excited to partner with Mitsubishi Power & SEPCO III consortium, and we look forward to achieving all milestones together and as per schedule.”
Mitsubishi Power will further leverage decades of experience and innovation to build and supply the power technology, including the gas turbine, steam turbine, generators, and auxiliaries, in addition to providing technical support, with commercial operations set to begin in Q4 2024.