Angolan bioenergy company Biocom exceeds sugar production target

14 November 2016

Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) produced 51,500 tons of sugar in the 2016/2017 marketing year, exceeding its previous target of 47,000 tonnes, said the director of production, the Brazilian citizen Marco Brandão.

The production director also said that despite the tonnage produced accounting for just one-fifth of the maximum capacity in this initial implementation phase in the municipality of Cacuso, northern Malanje province, in a 80 hectares concession area, of which 15.5 thousand are already in operation, “it was a very productive year.”

In the 1015/2016 agricultural year, Biocom saw production of 24,700 tonnes of sugar, 10,200 cubic metres of ethanol and generated 42,000 megawatt hours of electricity.

Marco Brandão, responsible for the entire production process of Biocom, said at the closing session of the 2016/2017 sugarcane harvest that for the plant to reach production of 256,000 tonnes of sugar per year from 2020, it will need 40,000 hectares of planted area, work that is being done daily.

In the agricultural season now ending the production of ethanol, a by-product of sugar reached 13,800 cubic metres and power generation totalled 38,500 megawatt hours, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

In 2020 when Biocom reaches peak sugar production, the plant will produce 235,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 33,000 cubic metres of ethanol, which will contribute to the energy security of Angola and increase the supply of ethyl alcohol in the Angolan market.

Biocom is a company that resulted from a partnership between Odebrecht Angola Produtos e Serviços, a subsidiary of Brazilian group Odebrecht, the Angolan company Cochan, with 40% each and the state oil and fuel company Sonangol, with the remaining 20 %. (macauhub)