Mozambique: Swedish company plans sugar cane plantation in Cabo Delgado province

18 September 2008

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 18 Sept – Sweden’s Svensk Etanolkemi AB (Sekab) plans to work 100,000 hectares of land in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, to supply an ethanol factory in neighbouring Tanzania, the company’s director in Tanzania said in Dar es Salaam.

Anders Bergfors said that the company planned to invest US$300 million in construction of a factory in Tanzania to produce ethanol from sugar cane, which would be planted both in Mozambique and Tanzania.

The factory is projected to have annual production of 100,000 cubic metres of ethanol and is due to go on line between 2010 and 2012, he said, cited by the Bloomberg news agency.

Bergfors also said that Sekab was awaiting government authorisation to plant 20,000 hectares of sugar cane near Bagamoyo, 80 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam and added that authorisation had been requested to work 200,000 hectares of land in the Tanzanian district of Rufiji. (macauhub)