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Media Statement:
Unique Maize Ethanol Project Completed


Biggest Fermentation Distillery in Africa
AlcoNCP, based in Durban South Africa, a subsidiary of Alco, is proud to have completed and commissioned the first large scale maize ethanol plant in Africa. In 2019 AlcoNCP (formerly NCP Alcohols) embarked on a 2-year expansion project to change raw material from molasses to maize, build a new distillery with 55% capacity increase, and optimize energy use, named the NCP100 Project. The upgrade combined the latest technology, innovation, and engineering, making AlcoNCP the largest fermentation distillery on the African continent while retaining its reputation as one of the world's finest quality neutral alcohol producers.

Ground on this epic undertaking was first broken in August 2019 and despite the outbreak of a global health pandemic, the project was completed according to schedule. It will forever transform AlcoNCP’s plant and processes with 85 million litres capacity of high-quality neutral alcohol for the food, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as well as a protein-rich animal feed, DDGS.

The future looks bright
The AlcoNCP factory upgrade was a necessary progression to facilitate increasing African demand, reinventing itself to make sure of its relevance in the future with the core being the change of raw material and a more environmentally, sustainable and energy efficient production plant. “AlcoNCP is committed to what they do, investing in the latest production technology to support customer growth and the NCP100 Project is a key milestone in the group's vision.” says Peter Starling Managing Director.

With headquarters in Brussels and operations on several continents, Alco ( is one of the biggest producers and distributors of ethanol for fuel in Europe.

Globally Alco also provides ethanol to various industries: from fuel to pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, food, and beverage. Alcotra is the group’s trading division and a leading global trader of all grades of ethanol with 18 offices on 4 continents supplying 700 million litres of ethanol worldwide in vessels, trucks, Isotanks, IBC’s and drums.

Media Contact:
Petro Vorster
079 495 7126

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