Companhia do Sena plans to resume sugar production in the Luabo administrative district of Mozambique’s Zambezia province, as part of an investment plan with an estimated cost of US$300 million, said the company’s director, Alain Escat.
The project is due to begin in 2015, more than three decades after the complete shutdown of the mill then operating on the site, since reduced to rubble after its equipment was destroyed during the civil war.
Escat told Maputo-based daily newspaper Notícias that besides building a new factory with modern equipment, the investment project also covers sugarcane production, the installation of electric power, a water supply system, irrigation, drainage and access roads.
The initial phase includes the planting of 15,000 hectares of sugarcane. Soil analysis work is currently under way.
Otherwise, due to drought conditions the Marromeu factory in Sofala province, which has capacity to produce 100,000 tons of sugar, should produce only 50,000 tons this season, compared to the previous season’s 75,000 tons, the Companhia do Sena director told Notícias.
Wikipedia notes that Companhia do Sena, whose website is under construction, is a consortium comprising the Mozambican state and a company from Mauritius. (macauhub)