Regional News

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the world’s largest aluminium smelter outside China, said it has become one of the fastest expansion projects to be ever commissioned in the aluminium industry, with its  Potline 6 passing the final performance tests within 23 months, thus beating the average of 30 months for other similar industrial projects.

Bahrain's Cabinet last month approved projects worth BD615 million ($1.62 billion) to expand the nation’s electricity and water networks.

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) said it has been awarded a major contract worth $691 million by Bahrain’s Housing Ministry for the construction of 3,000 housing units and land plots under the East Sitra Town development plan.

Eagle Hills Diyar, the developer of Bahrain’s iconic waterfront project Marassi Al Bahrain, has marked the completion of the upper ground floor slab of the Address Residences Marassi Al Bahrain.

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has signed a $100 million loan agreement with Bahrain to help finance the development of a 400-kilovolt (kV) transmission network in the kingdom, said a report.

The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has invited bids from top construction firms for a joint Jordanian oil pipeline project following the completion of the prequalifying process.

Ebrahim K Kanoo (EK Kanoo) has officially launched a Michelin Truck Service Centre (MTSC) in Salmabad, Bahrain. The new, full-service facility was created in partnership with Michelin to enhance the operational efficiency of the growing medium- and heavy-truck industry in the kingdom.

Fluor Corporation,  a global engineering, procurement and construction company, said its joint venture COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China, has safely completed the entire module programme for the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic) Al Zour project in Kuwait.

Kuwait-based real estate development company Mabanee said work is set to begin on Phase Two of The Avenues – Bahrain, a premium waterfront project, in the first quarter of 2020.

Oman National Investments Development Company (Tanmia) said its joint venture with Sanvira Industries Limited and United Business Trading, has broken ground on a petroleum coke calcining facility within the Suhar Free Zone in the sultanate.

In a bid to address the food security concerns of the region, huge food processing clusters have been proposed for the Gulf region.

Havelock completes cinema fit-out Regional interior contractor Havelock One has completed the fit-out works for VOX Cinemas at Nakheel Mall in The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, its fifth new VOX Cinemas outlet in 2019.