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Alba milestone!

the two million tonne production

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">Aluminium Bahrain's (Alba) calciner has crossed the two million tonne production milestone, the company declared yesterday.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"The calciner is already recognised across the world for the exceptionally high quality of its coke," said deputy chief executive Mahmood Al Daylami during a celebration held to mark the occasion.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"The achievement is testimony to the commitment, dedication and world-class expertise of the people of Alba.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"The calciner eliminated our need to import the primary raw material used for the production of carbon anodes and gave us complete control over the quality of anodes.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"This has also resulted in significant cost savings in addition to supplementing our aluminium revenues with calcined Coke exports."</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">The calciner was built in 2001 with a production capacity of 450,000.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"Today, its annual production capacity has been expanded to 600,000 tonnes," said Mr Al Daylami.</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">"About 60 per cent of that production is used to meet Alba's own needs and the rest is exported."</font>

<font face="arial, geneva, helvetica" size="2">Bafore the plant was built, Alba had to import all its calcined coke requirements, but now imports only green coke, the raw material used to produce calcined coke, and then completes the calcining and anode production cycles at its own facilities and under its own quality supervision.</font>

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