DESIGN OF A 1500 TONNES PER ANNUM ALUM PRODUCTION PLANT
Industrial uses of alum in Nigeria is essential. The availability of kaolin in the country and the need growing demand of alum in water treatment necessitate the design of an alum plant. A 1500 tonnes per annum plant was designed using the novel technology. Cheap raw materials with less impact on the environment were fed continuously to achieve the output. Energy balance across the novel approach showed an energy requirement of 577.55 kW with an energy savings of 7.1%. Equipment design and specification, process instrumentation, plant layout and safety analyses were carried out. Economic analyses showed that the total capital investment is ₦ 979,749,091.30, were also the profit before tax of ₦ 418,758,193.10 and the profit after tax of ₦ 266,322,436.10 per annum was realised with a return on investment of 28% and a payback period of 3.2 years. The return on investment shows that the plant is feasible.
Authors : U.S Ubam, L.C Edomwonyi-Otu and P.C Okonkwo
Category : Open Access Volume (Issue) : 5(2) Date Uploaded : 26th May 2020