Angolan ethanol factory expected to go into production in 2010, Brazil’s Odebrecht says

29 October 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 29 Oct – The sugar and ethanol factory to be built in Angola as part of a partnership between Brazilian and Angolan companies is expected to go into production in 2010, an official from Brazilian company Odebrecht told Macauhub.

Wolney Longhini, Contract Director at Odebrecht, said that in 2010 production of Biocom (Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola) would be “in the order of 30 percent of the factory’s total capacity, developing to 65 percent in 2011 and reaching 100 percent in 2012.”

According to the director, the factory’s production – sugar, ethanol and electricity – will be mainly for the local market, “due to the lack of food and power in Angola.”

Work on the building will begin in the first half of 2008.

“So far US$2 million have been spent on studies, setting up sugar cane nurseries and on the formal aspects of setting up the company,” said Longhini.

Total investment in Biocom is estimated at around US$200 million.

Biocom will produce sugar by a process of evaporation of sugar cane juice. The final “honey” (juice after 78 percent of total sugar is removed)produces ethanol. Electricity will be generated by burning off bagasse (the by-product of pressing and grinding sugar cane) to produce steam. Turbines use the steam to generate power.

The project, located in Malange province, is a partnership between Odebrecht (40 percent) and Angola’s Damer (40 percent) and Sonangol (20 percent). (macauhub)