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Addax Bio Energy: 2,000 jobs for youths

Addax Bio Energy: 2,000 jobs for youths

Addax Bio Energy, presently operating in Makeni in the northern region of Sierra Leone, disclosed plans to provide over 2,000 lucrative jobs for youths in Sierra Leone.

This disclosure was made by the Managing Director of Addax, Mr. Nikolai Germann while addressing media practitioners in Makeni over the weekend.

According to Mr. Germann he said Addax is a subsidiary of the diversified energy group of companies, the Addax and Oryx Group (AOG) that is developing a Greenfield renewable energy and agriculture project in Makeni that will produce bio-ethanol for export and domestic use, and green of the national grid.

The project, he went on, aims to become a model for sustainable investment in Africa, through the respect of strict sustainability standards and the introduction of innovative social solutions. He added that once the project becomes operational in 2013, it would have created over more than twice the average minimum salary.

He stated that the project is bringing concrete, lasting and sustainable development to one of the poorest areas of Africa. He said hundreds of people in Makeni have already seen their livelihoods improved in the form of jobs, social services, health service and clean drinking water etc.

All employees, he said are equipped with proper safety equipment and have access to health, transportation and housing benefits provided by Addax Bio Energy. Mr. Germann noted that as of November 2011, the project employs 722 Sierra Leoneans and has paid 4.6 billion Leones in wages since April 2010.

In the area of food security and livelihood improvement, the MD revealed that Addax Bio Energy contributes by ploughing almost 2,000 hectares of community fields for crop cultivation and by training 2,000 farmers to increase their productivity with improved agricultural practices. Mr. Nikolai told the press that the Addax Bio Energy project is developing a Greenfield sugarcane plantation, an ethanol refinery and a biomass power plant that will supply the refinery and provide electricity to Sierra Leone’s national power grid.

Sierra Leone’s tropical climate, he said, provides perfect conditions for sugarcane, which is widely recognized as the most efficient and sustainable crop for biofuel production, adding that due to its highly fermentable sugar content, its residual fibres are ideal for power generation and the recycling of by-products into fertilizers.

Mr.Germann concluded by saying that the high quality bioethanol and green electricity will help replace fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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