International Sugar Journal

Spain – Al Khaleej Sugar get the green light to build a new €500 million beet sugar plant [Full subscriber]

Dubai’s Al Khaleej Sugar has received the green light to build a beet sugar plant in Spain. The project has been in the pipeline for some four years – conceived as it was as an alternative to building a plant in the UK.

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Brazil – Raizen to build 2nd cellulosic ethanol plant [Full subscriber]

Raízen, a joint venture between Cosan and Shell, is going to invest in the construction of its second cellulosic ethanol unit, with the capacity to produce 82 million litres per year, twice the capacity of its first plant, reported Reuters, citing a securities filing.

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Tanzania – First phase of the US$300 million Bagamoyo sugar factory nears completion [Full subscriber]

Said Salim Bakhresa Ltd, the flagship company of the Bakhresa Group, recently announced that the first phase of the US$300 million new build sugar factory less than 80 kilometres from Tanzania’s commercial capital near the historical town of Bagamoyo in the Coast region is nearing completion and will officially start production by June 2022. Construction commenced in 2018.

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USA – Louisiana likely to secure new US$70 million cane bagasse-based pellet plant [Full subscriber]

Renewable fuel firm Delta Biofuel is considering building a US$70 million cane bagasse-based pellet plant in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The state is offering tax breaks and other perks to seal the deal.

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USA – Cargill and Helm partner to build US$300 million commercial-scale biobased BDO plant [Full subscriber]

The agribusiness giant Cargill and chemicals marketer Helm have formed a new joint venture, Qore, to build a commercial-scale biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant that would save up to 93% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with current production technologies.

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Ethiopia – New build Tana Beles sugar factory commences operations 7 years later than scheduled date [Full subscriber]

New build Tana Beles sugar factory is located in Amhara Regional State’s Jawwi district, some 576 kilometres north-west of Addis Ababa, commenced operations on May 18, 2021. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the factory on 6th June, which was originally scheduled to begin operation in 2014.

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Nigeria – Flour Mills to invest US$300 million in new sugar plant plus cane plantation [Full subscriber]

Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), Nigeria’s integrated food business and agro-allied group, recently announced an initial investment of US$300 million to build a new sugar factory in Nasarawa State along with the development of a cane plantation covering 15,000 hectares.

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France – New beet washing station at Tereos’ Connantre plant – costing €17 million [Full subscriber]

A new sugar beet washing station was installed at Tereos’ Connantre plant on 17th and 18th May. Costing €17 million, it will be able to process 27,000 tonnes of beets per day – a record in France.

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Côte d’Ivoire – Two local sugar companies to invest US$278 million to expand and modernize sugar production [Full subscriber]

Senior executives of Côte d’Ivoire’s sugar companies Sucaf-CI and Sucrivoire signed a contract plan with the government on 1 May, committing to invest over CFA151 billion (US$278 million) during 2021-2025 at a ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Patrick Achi.

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Netherlands – Cosun and Avantium partner to construct sugar-to-glycols plant [Full subscriber]

Cosun Beet Company, part of Royal Cosun, and the biotech start-up Avantium to construct a commercial scale sugar-to-glycols plant in the Netherlands. According to a press release, Cosun will take a substantial share.

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