The sugar production of Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) in the 2017/2018 year may reach 63,000 tonnes, an increase of 20% over the previous year, when it produced 52,000 tonnes, said the deputy director-general of the company.
Luís Bagorro Júnior, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop, also said that to achieve that level of production the company will process 601,000 tonnes of sugar cane, harvested in an area of 12,600 hectares, while in 2016 the company used 510,000 tonnes of sugar cane and the harvest area was 9,272 hectares.
In addition to sugar, Biocom is expected to produce 15,278 cubic metres of ethanol in this campaign, compared to 14,263 cubic metres in the previous year and produce 200,000 megawatts of electricity, compared to 57 megawatts last year.
The Deputy Director-General, who spoke on Tuesday about the 2017/2018 harvest, which starts on 29 June, said the company is working to achieve the production targets set for the project’s maturity phase, in the 2020/2021 harvest, when 256,000tonnes of sugar will be produced, 33,0000 cubic metres of anhydrous ethanol and 235,000 megawatts of electricity.
Biocom is the first company in Angola to produce and market sugar, ethanol and electricity from biomass, with the main target being small, medium and large wholesalers in the Angolan market.
Biocom is a partnership between Odebrecht Angola Produtos e Serviços, a subsidiary of Brazilian group Odebrecht, Angolan company Cochan, with 40% each and state-owned oil company Sonangol, with the remaining 20%. (macauhub)