WONJI SHOA SUGAR FACTORY, ETHIOPIA
Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory is a Greenfield sugar project promoted by the government of Ethiopia, which was commissioned in the year 2013. The project, 110 km South East of the capital near Nazareth city in Oromiya Regional State, was conceptualized in a bid to replace old sugar factories of the region namely Wonji and Shoa.
This project was carried out under the Indian Line of Credit to the Ethiopian government. Uttam Sucrotech International Private Limited is the EPC contractor of the project including the civil works.
The salient features of the project are:
Location: Oromiya Regional State
Plant Capacity: 6,250 TCD
Steam Generation: 2 x 130 t/h (260 t/h); 67 kg/cm²(a); 515°C size
Power Co-generation: 31.5 MWh
Production Milestone: 800,000 Sugar bag within 250 days (5 days ahead of schedule)
Factory Statistics First Season:
- Total Sugar Produced: 81000 MT
- Total High Grade (Coca Cola) Sugar: 5200 MT Produced (ICUMSA 80 and below)
- Sugar Recovery percentage: 11.83%
POSITIVE IMPACT OF THE PROJECT IN THE REGION
This project led to agricultural expansion around Wakie Tiyo, Welenchiti and North Dodota areas making 16,000 hectares of sugarcane plantation field in total. Out of this the 7,000 hectares of sugarcane field is owned by out grower farmers of the surrounding area. There are 32 Sugarcane Out-growers associations of 9,100 member farmers, who are directly benefited from this Project. The Factory supports the farmers with seeds, irrigation facilities and rendering professional as well as technical support to them.
This project not only saved the country’s expenditure on Sugar imports but also contributed electric power to the national grid.