The Bioenergy Company of Angola (Biocom) estimates revenues of USD 200 million in the 2015/2016 production season which will start in the end of this May, with the process of harvesting the sugarcane and runs until March 2016 .
The information was released to the market by the general director of the company, Carlos Mathias, adding that revenues result from the sale of sugar, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and electricity (which forwarded aPRODEL: Public Company of Electricity Production). As reported in the experimental phase, which took place between August and October 2014, the company had revenues estimated at around 8 million USD and produziu3.2OO tons of sugar and 3,800 cubic meters of ethanol. For the new season, the company estimates work on about 4000 hectares of cane sugar, with the forecast of harvest and grind approximately 300,000 tons. Sequentially, expects to produce more than 32800 tons of sugar Kapanda compared to the production of the pilot. Ie in the harvest that is about to begin, the company expected to produce 36,000 tons of sugar, compared to the 3,200 tons produced.
Regarding the interest of some national beverage companies, the acquisition of sugar produced by Biocom, Carlos Mathias pointed out that already met with some of them, including the brewer Cuca, who expressed interest in buying the product. The only drawback, according to the charge, it has to do with Coca-Cola which uses a different quality of sugar that is produced by Biocom.
"We have been negotiating and eventually will need to adapt ourselves to the production of that raw material for Coca-Cola, whose consumption round the 40,000 tons / year."
The managing director of Biocom pontualizou however that the price of sugar on the market shall be the most appropriate. He noted that the company driving demand balance and uniformity of prices depending on the various factors that infer in the production process and beyond. "The Angolan market has seen some annual fluctuations in sugar prices. Biocom to enter the segment of the production and importation of sugar will seek to maintain and stabilize prices for consumer protection," he said.
Carlos Mathias explained that the next harvest also provides up to produce 6,000 cubic meters of ethanol (2,200 cubic meters than last year) and 205 gigawatts / hour of electricity (more than 175 gigawatts last year).
According to him, from this year Biocom plans to increase gradually, its production. The goal, stressed the source, is to reach the 256,000 tons of sugar by 2021, when the Agro-Industrial Unit should reach its maximum production capacity in this first phase. However, the sugar produced during the last year is still in stock and has been sold to the market in small quantities, but its thick, according to Carlos Mathias, will go on sale from the middle of the year. Reportedly the country's sugar consumption is 400,000 tons / year and since the Biocom expects to produce 36,000 in 2015, unlike the market should be imported by different economic agents in the country.
Biocom, said its head waiting for the establishment of the sugar import quota in the coming weeks, which would be awarded certain portion, passing it also to be one of the importers of 360,400 tons of sugar difference. "The fact is very important for the company and will serve to maintain and strengthen our presence in the market, and also create a stabilization in sugar prices in the market", he said.
Eucalyptus for energy
The company has developed other projects. Therefore, Carlos Mathias stated that the Biocom started planting eucalyptus within the perimeter of the plant site, in order to generate biomass for power generation. The raw material will be used along with the biomass from bagasse from sugarcane and wood, which has been used for the production of electricity.
"Energy production is still small and will grow substantially from the second half of June and is expected to exceed the 30 gigawatts / current time, not only with the beginning of sugar production but also due to the increased production of sugarcane bagasse sugar-announced.
Inserted into the Polo Agroindustrial Capanda (CAP), the municipality of Cacuso, Malanje Province, the project of Biocom is a partnership between the Angolan State, through the National Agency for Private Investment (ANIP) and Sonangol Holding, with 20% share and Angolan group Cochan and Odebrecht construction company with 40% each. The PAC has an area of 411,000 hectares, 293,000 intended for agricultural and forestry development. It also has an area of environmental protection of 102,000 hectares, of which 5,000 have human occupation, covering 188 districts. With an investment of 750 million USD, in addition to Biocom. Are part of the CAP, the farms Pedras Negras, Pungo Andongo, Quizenga and the Society of Malange Food. It has an area of 1,500 hectares for planting beans, cassava and maize and provides an output of 2,400 tons / year of bass drum flour.