Angolan bioenergy company starts producing sugar and ethanol in September

9 May 2014

Angolan bioenergy company Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) is due to start operating in September, when the project will be launched with estimated production of 18,000 tons of sugar and 3,000 cubic metre of ethanol per year, the company’s director for sustainability and personnel, Fernando Koch said Thursday.

Koch said that the factory’s boilers were already operational so that in September it could start producing sugar and ethanol. The power plant, which will be fired by sugar cane bagasse, is due to start operating in June.

The factory has capacity to grind 2 million tons of sugar cane per year, and so far 7,000 hectares of sugar cane have been planted on a 36,000-hectare plot.

Koch also said that when the project is operating at full capacity, Biocom will produce around 260,000 tons of sugar and 30 million liters of ethanol.

Companhia de Bionergia de Angola, in Cacuso, Malanje province, is a partnership between state company Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol), Brazilian group Odebrecht and Angolan group Damer, and is Angola’s largest agro-industrial project for production of renewable energy from non-mineral sources. (macauhub/AO/BR)