SUDAN: President to open White Nile factory July 11
Published: 07/04/2012, 1:02:42 PM
President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al Bashir will inaugurate Wednesday July 11 the White Nile Sugar Factory, in presence of lawmakers, executives, media persons and representatives of diplomatic missions in Khartoum, according to the Sudan Vision newspaper.
General Manager of the White Nile Sugar Factory, Hassan Abdul Rahman Satti, said sugar production operations have already begun at the treatment unit as the first bag of sugar was produced on June 5 and the experimental operation kicked off on May 30.
Satti said the operation of the factory was delayed due to lack of needed software, adding that the decision to delay the experimental operation of the factory was taken to ensure the safety of personnel and equipments. He said the project management imported modern equipment to ensure quality of the output, adding that the equipments were imported from nine countries.
The factory is expected to produce 150,000 tonnes of sugar this season, 60 million litter of ethanol and 104 MW of electricity which will meet the factory's power need and supply the national grid. The factory's maximum output is expected to reach 450,000 tonnes of sugar when the area cultivated with sugar cane is increased from 35,000 to 165,000 acres.
The factory was supposed to be formally opened last April but it was delayed by the refusal of the contracted company to import operation software. The factory's administration, however, succeeded in importing the software and the plant is now operational.