Aluminum Bahrain BSC (Alba): Pioneering Sustainability and Economic Growth Under the Leadership of CEO Ali Al-Baqali”
Established as a 120,000 tons per annum smelter in 1971, Aluminum Bahrain BSC, or Alba, has grown into one of the world’s largest aluminum smelters, producing over 1.56 million metric tons today. Positioned as a MENA industry leader, Alba has shifted its corporate agenda to prioritize environmental, social, and governance (ESG) transformation, aligning with global efforts towards a sustainable future.
At the forefront of the regional sustainability drive, Alba emphasizes diversification—a vision dating back to its inception in the 1960s as the GCC’s first primary smelter. Today, beyond contributing to economic growth, Alba, led by CEO Ali Al-Baqali, is making significant social and educational impacts. Al-Baqali underscores the pivotal role of education in the company’s strategy, highlighting Alba as a platform for career initiation and growth, akin to a college experience.
In addition to fostering talent growth, Alba actively sponsors sports activities for youth, embodying a holistic approach to developing the next generation. Al-Baqali emphasizes the company’s substantial investments in environmental initiatives, allocating over $600 million to enhance Alba’s environmental footprint. Notably, Alba has transformed its surroundings, creating a lake, cultivating green spaces with diverse flora, and championing wildlife habitats.
On the economic front, Al-Baqali identifies Line 6 as a transformative driver for organic growth, boosting Alba’s output by 54% and paving the way for downstream sector expansion. Reflecting on 2021, Al-Baqali describes it as a unique year marked by safety, profitability, and increased output. As 2022 concludes, Al-Baqali envisions a future of sustained success and positive change, driven by Alba’s ambitious ESG goals and economic growth objectives.