Nigeria is to save over $25 million annually spent on importation of the popular water treatment agent called chlorine, as Wattccon sodium hypochlorite chemical plant for treatment of water and waste products is expected to be commissioned in Kaduna by March 2017.
Managing Director of the plant, Alhaji Aliyu Maigari Mamman, who took the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Syminton, on an inspection tour of the plant site in Kaduna, said the plant was designed to replace importation of chlorine disinfectant chemical for treatment of water and waste water.
According to Mamman, “the 40,000 litres sodium hypochlorite per day capacity plant, which can treat all the water to be consumed in three Nigerian cities such as Kaduna, Kano and Abuja in a day, will save Nigeria over $25 million from import substitution annually, while it will also produce 120,000 litres of household bleach daily for homes and industrial uses”.
Mamman also revealed that the plant would have been ready for production now if not for the delay they had in procuring foreign exchange to open their last line of credit to the American bank that guaranteed their credit facility for the project which is put at about $9.5 million.
The American Ambassador, who commended Wattccon for its innovation and thoughtfulness in partnering General Electric on the technology of the plant, said the plant would go a long way in boosting water production in Nigeria and cementing Nigerian-American partnership.
Source: <The Nation>