The construction work on a long-awaited sugar refinery project – the first of its kind in Oman – at Sohar Port and Freezone will commence around mid-year. The project was first conceived in 2013, according to local press reports.
Miami-based Sucro Sourcing has begun demolition and refurbishment for its new sugar refinery at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, New York state.
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is planning to invest ₹12 billion (US$163 million) for new ethanol production plants in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, according to a top IOC official.
Sucro Sourcing, a sugar cane refiner and distributor, is planning to build at a former steel complex in Lackawanna, New York state a raw sugar storage warehouse, a micro sugar refinery, packaging and finished good warehousing and offices with an investment of US$19 million.
USA – California Ethanol + Power starts recruiting farmers to grow cane for new US$1 billion project [Full subscriber]
California Ethanol + Power recently announced that it has commenced recruiting farmers in the local Imperial Valley farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres (8094 ha) of sugarcane feedstock for US1 billion Sugar Valley Energy project.
Brazil – São Martinho group secures funding from BNDES for new corn ethanol and cogen plants [Full subscriber]
The Brazilian development bank BNDES has approved BRL942 million (US$ 178 million) in financing for a corn ethanol plant and a cogen unit to be developed by the São Martinho group, according to local press reports.
On December 24, 2020, the Chadian Minister of Finance and Budget, accompanied by the Minister of Industrial Development, Commercial and Private Sector Promotion signed with the representative of the French group Somdiaa a memorandum of understanding for the building of a cane sugar factory with the capacity of 173,000 tonnes in the Bahr Sara region of Chad.
K P R Mill has decided to establish a new sugar plus ethanol plant in Karnataka, investing INR5 billion (US$68.4 million).
Sri Lanka – Kantale Sugar Factory to be rebuilt with an investment of US$316 million [Full subscriber]
Backed by a US$ 316 million investment, sugar production at Kantale Sugar Factory is expected to commence operations in 2023, after 30-year hiatus, as the Sri Lankan government, the major shareholder, is expected to hand over key assets, including the land belonging to the factory on lease basis, to MG Sugars Lanka Private Limited.
France – AFYREN starts construction of its first biorefinery to produce biobased organic acids [Full subscriber]
The French biotech start-up Afyren has begun construction of its first industrial-scale biorefinery at the Chemesis industrial platform located in France’s Grand Est region.