Sohar Aluminium was formed for a specific reason: to execute a major greenfield smelter project in Oman. The company, jointly owned by OQ Group, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC - TAQA and Rio Tinto, planned to build the Persian Gulf’s first smelter in 25 years, which would include the world’s longest and highest-capacity potline.
To help make this project a reality, Sohar partnered with Bechtel. The assignment followed our successful expansion of Alba’s smelter in Bahrain. The experience we gained at Alba and previous projects was crucial given the size and complexity Sohar required.
Sohar was created to ensure efficiency, environmental protection and the safety of its workforce. In addition to the line with 360 pots, which allow the smelter to reach annual production capacity of 375,000 metric tons, the project also included construction of a carbon plant, an ingot-casting facility, and a port facility for storage and shipping.
Simultaneously with Sohar, Bechtel executed the other greenfield smelter being built at the time - Fjarðaál in Iceland. Thanks to the strong collaboration between Bechtel and our customers, both became benchmark examples of how to execute metals megaprojects.