JULY 2018 - FATA was awarded an EPC contract in Bahrain to expand the industrial port of Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), one of the largest aluminium producers in the world - The contract, worth about 80 million USD, aims to enhance the capacity of the unloading, handling and storage of raw materials (alumina and petroleum coke). Such works are necessary to comply with the expansion of the line 6 of the ALBA smelter that, once completed, will transform it into the world’s largest single-site smelter with a total production capacity of 1.5 million tons per year.
FATA, as main contractor, will be responsible for engineering, construction of civil works, handling systems and their installation, in addition to managing the interface between the main suppliers and sub-contractors.
FATA’s construction site will start its operations at the end of July 2018 and the works, which will last approximately 20 months, will include the modernisation of the conveyors carrying the raw materials from the wharf to the storage area, the demolition of a building and the construction of two silos in the same area, the expansion of the existing jetty. Construction works will be carried out mainly by local companies, and 400/450 workers will be employed at the peak of activity.
The project, named "ALBA Port Capacity Upgrade", will involve different activities: the changes will also cover existing plants in continuous operation, so that works will be performed in restricted and crowded areas, and the construction activities will be coordinated day by day in compliance with the operating needs of the port.
Moreover, this project is important for the FATA-Danieli synergies: the installation work will be executed by Danieli Construction.
This contract demonstrates once again FATA’s ability, both organisational and technical, to face new challenging projects thanks to the expertise acquired over the years.
JULY 2018 - FATA won a contract for the realization of a 4.26 MWe concentrated solar plant in Sicily - Sol.In.Par awarded FATA the Concentrated Solar Power "turnkey" contract worth 27 million Euros. Thanks to this project FATA has entered the renewable energy sector, particularly in the cutting edge solar energy technology.
The sun radiation is the main energy resource of our planet, and several technologies are currently available to exploit it, among them the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is very important.
The sun rays are concentrated by special mirrors on a receiver, heating a vector fluid made by molten salts up to ~550 C°. The vector fluid transfers the heat to the steam cycle that produces electricity by a Steam Turbine. The vector fluid can also be stored in special tanks at high temperature allowing the production of energy even in the absence of sun.
For this project FATA has adopted the Linear Fresnel Collector technology that has lower investment costs (among others CSP technologies), lower maintenance costs as well as higher plant reliability and availability.
The plant will be located in the Partanna Municipality in Sicily and will occupy about 110,000 m², the surface of the mirrors will be 83,200 m².
The steam turbine power size will be 4.26 MWe. The thermal energy storage will have a capacity of 15-hour operation and the annual energy production will be around 19 GWe.
This contract confirms FATA’s ability to benefit from the skills acquired and face new challenges. It also reflects the determination of the company’s management to focus on increasingly innovative technologies able to develop production processes with low environmental impact.
JULY 2018 - FATA won a contract for the construction of a new power generation plant in Zagreb, Croatia - Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP) d.d., a national state owned utility company, awarded a contract to FATA for the construction of the new combined-cycle cogeneration unit EL-TO in Zagreb. The contract also includes a Long Term Service Agreement (LTSA) for the Gas Turbines for major overhaul and maintenance. The overall contract amount is 123 million Euros; the project has been financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and European Investment Bank.
The new cogeneration power plant will have an electrical output of 150 MWe and a heat output of 114 MWt, with efficiency of 90%. The power will be generated by n.2 gas turbines (each of 57MWe), and n.1 steam turbine. The heat output will contribute to the district heating to a part of Zagreb municipality. The yearly base load estimated production will be about 675 GWh of electricity energy, 450 GWh of thermal energy for the district heating and 160 GWh of process steam for industry. Site construction works will start in 2019 and will be completed by the end of 2021.
The district heating is nowadays considered the most effective technology to provide heat and electricity, reducing emissions and environmental impact in general, further to optimize the generation costs.
This project further improves the expertise of FATA EPC in cogeneration plants and district heating.