Sugar production in Cacuso, Angola, to start by the end of the year

9 May 2011

Luanda, Angola, 9 May – Sugar and ethanol production, on an experimental basis, at Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom), located in the Cacuso region (Malanje province) is due to start at the end of this year, the company’s chairman, Rui Gourgel said Monday in Luanda.

At the end of the working meeting on the National Strategy for Biofuel, the chairman said that the project, which was implemented in an area of 30,000 hectares, 20,000 of which were taken up with sugar cane, aimed to reduce Angola’s sugar imports and contribute to ethanol production in the country.

In an initial phase, the project, which is expected to cost at least US$256 million, would have an installed capacity to process 2 million tons of cane for production of 280,000 tons of sugar per year.

Also in the first phase, electricity production using waste from sugar production will be 45 megawatts, and ethanol production will total 35,000 cubic metres per year, and the latter will be handed over to Sonangol, which is one of the company’s shareholders.

In the second phase, the date for which has yet to be set, milling capacity will be 4 million tons of cane, for production of 400,000 tons of sugar, 65 megawatts of electricity and 100,000 cubic metres of ethanol.

The three shareholders of Biocom are private Angolan company Damer and Brazil’s Odebrecht, each with 40 percent and Sonangol Holding, which owns the remaining 20 percent. (macauhub)