A shining example of applied know-how
Our assignment to build Oman’s Sohar smelter came on the heels of our successful expansion of the Alba Aluminium smelter in Bahrain. The experience we gained at Alba and other previous projects was invaluable given the massive size, complexity, and speed this job required.
At the time, Sohar was one of only two smelters in many years to be constructed from the ground up and the first in the Persian Gulf in a quarter century. It would include the world’s longest and highest-capacity potline, the row of cells that yield aluminum.
It was no place for greenhorns. Indeed, the other greenfield smelter at the time, Fjarðaál
, in Iceland, was a Bechtel project, too. Both became benchmark examples of how to execute metals megaprojects, and each has played a vital role in meeting the soaring global demand for aluminum.