International Sugar Journal

Austria – New US$43 million betaine plant commences operations in Tullin [Full subscriber]

Beta Pura GmbH, a joint venture between sugar producer Amalgamated Sugar Company and European fruit, starch, and sugar group AGRANA, recently started operations at its new US$43 million crystalline betaine production facility in Tulln, Austria.

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USA – Four new silos for Domino Sugar’s refinery costing US$21 million [Full subscriber]

The American Sugar Refining is to spend US$21 million to construct four new silos at Domino Sugar’s Baltimore refinery. Each silo will have storage capacity for up to 3.5 million pounds (1587.6 tonnes) of finished or refined sugar ready to be packaged or shipped out on railcars or trucks.

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Germany – Construction of the new €550 million UPM’s biorefinery has commenced [Full subscriber]

The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.

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India – LanzaTech to supply cellulosic ethanol production technology for a new plant [Full subscriber]

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a leading Indian Refining company, is planning to install a cellulosic ethanol facility in the State of Karnataka, India.

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India – Setting up of escrow account to help millers with weak balance sheets to secure loans for new distilleries [Full subscriber]

Sugar mills, oil marketing companies (OMCs) and banks are willing to enter into an agreement to create an escrow account to enable sugar factories to secure soft loans for setting up distilleries, the food ministry said on 22 August.

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France – New plant will gasify hemp into valuable energy products [Full subscriber]

The French startup Qairos Energies says it plans to build a plant in Mareil-en-Champagne near Le Mans in northwestern France that will gasify hemp biomass into valuable products.

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Brazil – Maracajá Bioenergia invests US$100 million for corn-ethanol plant in Mato Grosso [Full subscriber]

The North American Lucas E3 announced on 6th May an agreement with the Brazilian Maracajá Bioenergia for the construction of a corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso, according to Reuters and local press reports.

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Kenya – Alteo to invest US$45 million for a new cogen unit at Kilgoris factory [Full subscriber]

The Mauritian sugar producer Alteo plans to build a new 25 MW bagasse-based cogen plant at its Kilgoris sugar factory managed by its subsidiary Transmara Sugar Company. The investment for the project is expected to be KES4.7 billion (US$45 million), according to local press reports.

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Bangladesh – Meghna Sugar Refinery inaugurated [Full subscriber]

Meghna Group of Industries (MGI), a leading Bangladeshi business group, recently inaugurated Meghna Sugar Refinery at the Narayanganj district, Dhaka of Bangladesh, along with eight other new enterprises from cement to biscuit making, according to local press reports.

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Canada – Forge to build biodiesel/jet fuel plant costing US$22.4 million [Full subscriber]

The Canadian biofuel start-up FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp recently announced an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a first-of-its-kind CA$30 million (US$22.4 million) commercial-scale, biofuel production plant in Sombra, Ontario, Canada.

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