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Nigeria commissions first hydrocarbon refrigerant plant

African nation says pilot plant is first move in investigating feasibility of leapfrogging HFCs in move away from HCFCs

The Nigerian Federal Government has commissioned a pilot hydrocarbon refrigerant plant, in the village of Irolu in Ogun State.

Ibrahim Jibril, Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Environment, who commissioned the plant said the project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of replacing the current use of HCFCs with hydrocarbon / based technology, the Nigerian Guardian reported.

The plant is ultimately intended for the production of high-grade hydrocarbon refrigerants, for use in the manufacturing and its related servicing sectors in Nigeria,

The minister said the commissioning of the plant would be followed up by a well-structured training/certification programme for Nigerians refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians nationwide on the safe use of HC refrigerants in their applications.

He told the newspaper the plant could now be expanded for commercial purposes, adding that the advantages from establishing the HC plant included readily available raw materials (LPG) for producing HC refrigerants; the fact that high grade HC refrigerant could be distributed not just in Nigeria, but in the whole of African region; and building local capacity to produce energy efficient low GWP gases.

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