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Amosun, Obasanjo To Unveil Ethanol Plant Today



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State will on Thursday (today) unveil a multibillion naira ultra-modern ethanol manufacturing plant in Igbesa, Ogun State, a statement said on Wednesday.

The plant built by Allied Atlantic Distilleries Ltd, a subsidiary of the Lexcel Group, is the first of its kind in Africa to produce ethanol, a major component in the production of wines and spirits using cassava.

The Managing Director, AADL, Mr. Anurag Dhiman, said the factory had installed capacity for 10 million litres per annum of ethanol requiring approximately 240 tons of cassava per day at an average of 10 tons per hour.

He said, “After weighing, it will be transported to the rasper machine where it will go through milling, liquefaction and fermentation. In each of these segments, state-of-the-art machines and equipment have been installed to ensure the plant operates at optimal capacity.”

It is expected that the establishment of the plant will herald a new dawn in the production of wines and spirits in the competitive Nigerian market.


He said, “This is certainly the beginning of a new dawn in the wines and spirits industry in Nigeria and we are setting the pace in line with our company’s objective to remain the numero uno (number one) in the nation’s distillery sector.”

He added that the new plant has further reinforced the company’s objective to remain the market leader notwithstanding competition in the distillery sector as no other distillery has a distillation plant in Nigeria, not to talk of extracting ethanol from cassava.

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