Regional News

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), soon to be the largest aluminium smelter in the world, announced that it has successfully started 106 pots in Line 6 on March 26.  Line 6 comprises 424 pots and that leaves 318 pots to start-up in the coming months, the company said.

The foundation stone for the modernisation project of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) refinery, considered to be the biggest industrial project in the history of Bahrain, was laid last month.

Genie, a unit of global lifting solutions specialist Terex Corporation, was set to complete delivery of a total of 166 mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) to GCC group Byrne Equipment Rental last month.

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic) said work is progressing well on the Al Zour Crude Oil Complex, being built at an investment of $27 billion, with nearly 80 per cent of the refinery project already completed.

Universal Rolling (Unirol), Bahrain’s leading producer of high-quality steel reinforcement bars, has officially opened its newly upgraded and fully automated manufacturing facility in Bahrain.

Saudi-based Acwa Power, a major developer of power and water desalination projects, is set to invest around $3 billion in Egypt’s electricity projects during this year.  The utility developer has collaborated with Hassan Allam Holding Company to establish a 2.3-megawatt (MW) power plant in Luxor.

Oman’s Tender Board has approved contracts worth RO96.4 million ($250 million) for construction and infrastructure-related works, said a report. The projects included establishment of a mixed-use building and annexes at Ghala Heights in Muscat Governorate for the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund at a cost of RO54.

In a bid to deliver complete end-to-end offerings to its customers, RMD Kwikform has launched its new range of ground shoring products into the Mena and India markets.

Turkish steel fastener specialist Berdan Civata is delivering hundreds of tonnes of its products to the jobsite of the record-breaking Canakkale 1915 bridge being built over the Dardanelles Strait in the Canakkale province of Turkey.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has revealed that the sultanate’s first utility-scale wind power project, with a world-scale capacity of 300 MW, is expected to come up in Duqm by 2023, said a report.

AMS expands with Demag cranes Aertssen Machinery Services (AMS), a heavy lifting and heavy transport company, has expanded its key operations in the Middle East with the addition of Demag CC 2400-1 and CC 3800-1 lattice boom crawler cranes.