Ondo/Linyi Ethanol factory produces 6,000 tonnes daily
By Bisi Olominu
Hundreds of articulated vehicles now throng the Ondo/Linyi Cassava Ethanol factory in Ore to load ethanol as the company which commenced operations few months ago now produces 6,000 metric tonnes of ethanol daily.
Our correspondent who visited the factory saw some of the articulated vehicles being loaded with the product.
The Company’s Manager, Mr Oyeye Destiny who spoke with our correspondent during the visit said the factory needs 300 metric tonnes of cassava daily to meet production, thus creating huge market for cassava growers in the state and beyond.
Oyeye told The Hope that the ethanol being produced in the factory is of high quality and one of the best that could be found in the market.
He disclosed that most of their customers are from both Oyo and Lagos states.
According to him, the factory load more than 100 articulated vehicles per day “We may need to increase our production per day because we are experiencing increase in customers on the daily basis as they are trooping to the factory to buy ethanol,” he added.
He added that the demands are high, and the workers are working day and night to meet demands.
Oyeye confirmed that the ethanol is the most marketable item in the world today.
His words: “Demands are high and the plant has enough raw material that can sustain it throughout the year.
Presently, our warehouse is full of cassava and once cassava in the various farms and from our customers are ready for harvest, more raw material will be brought to the plant to be converted to ethanol.”
”This plant receives several customers per day and more than 100 articulated vehicles are loaded on daily basis with ethanol. I must confess to you that ethanol here is 98percent concentration, it is not diluted like it is done elsewhere.
” We are ready to give our customers the best, reason we are shunning out the best ethanol at the Ondo/Linyi Industrial Park. The product is the best in Nigeria, reason we are receiving more customers on daily basis.”
“Ethanol is the in thing in the world now because the world is moving away from using fossil fuel as it contributes to global warming, he said.
It is a new liquid product in Nigeria and the plant in Ore, Ondo State is a product of the MoU signed between the Akeredolu’s administration and the Linyi Municipal Republic of China during the governor’s visit to China in 2017.
The cassava to ethanol plant will afford the state the unique opportunity to key into the federal government diversification programme.
Ethanol is a common ingredient in many cosmetics and beauty products. It acts as an astringent to help clean skin, in lotions as a preservation.
It is also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol, is a colourless liquid and principal ingredient in alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or brandy.