Angolan sugar production project on schedule


The USD500 million joint venture project to expand sugar production in Angola is on track. Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom), an Angolan bio-energy company, will start processing sugar cane into sugar by next year, managing director Carlos Henrique Mathias told Bloomberg.

Output is forecast at 40,000 tonnes of sugar next year which will increase to full capacity of 260,000 tonnes by 2018. The 42,000 hectare cane plantation and factory are located some 320 km east of Luanda, the Angolan capital. Some 15% of cane will be diverted to ethanol production and an on-site cogent unit will produce 45 MW.