Kaduna — A 40, 000 litre per day capacity sodium hypochlorite manufacturing plant is to be sited in Kaduna state with a view of increasing access to portable water in the West African sub-region.
Daily Trust gathered that, the project, a joint collaboration between the Water Treatment and Chemical Company (WATTCCON) and General Electric USA, United States Exim Bank and Nigeria Fidelity Bank would serve over 300 million Nigerians with portable water and also provide bleach manufactures with their active ingredients for household use.
Speaking at the official commissioning of its 19 litre (5 gallon) bottle water brand known as WaterKing, the Chairman, WATTCCON, Alhaji Khadir Abba Dasuki stated that the plant was valued at $12 million and financed by the United States (US) Exim Bank under its five- year medium term guaranteed loan.
"Between June 2012 and February 2013, WATTCCON met its counterpart funding commitment and installation of a 40, 000 liters per day General Electrical (GE) Cloromat technology based Sodium Hypochlorite chemical plant to be situated on a 2.6 hectare industrial land along the Kaduna airport road. The GE-Cloromat membrane technology is the world's most environment friendly process of manufacturing chlorine bleach chemical and currently the most acceptable alternative to hazardous chlorine gas and chlorine HTH powder used for water disinfection and bleach manufacturing," he said.
He noted that when the plant becomes operational, it would facilitate Nigeria and other West African countries to meet their needs for potable and waste water treatment plants disinfection chemical as well as provide bleach manufactures with their active ingredients for household use.
"The final engineering for the plant will be concluded in April, 2013 by Projects Assignments LTD of South Africa and it will be concluded by December, 2013. The key raw materials are water (90 tonnes per day), industrial salt (10 tonnes per day) and electricity (10, 000 Kwhr per day).
"WATTCCON is creating 50 direct skilled jobs and 150 indirect jobs at the start of production. As a socially responsible company, we shall engage our Afaka community by providing jobs, potable water and other community social responsibility projects for the upliftment of the population.
"We are proud of this noble effort as part of our contribution in complementing the Federal Government's objective towards achieving its statutory mandate of providing access to safe water for all Nigerians through sustainable partnership and programs, and also in helping deliver on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of "Clean water and sanitation for all by the year 2015," he maintained.