Ethiopia: Chinese-built sugar factory goes operational


On Sunday, Ethiopia prime minister Abiy Ahmed inaugurated a Chinese-built sugar factory constructed in the East African country’s northern Amhara regional state.


Speaking at the inauguration of Tana Beles No.1 sugar factory project, Ahmed praised the China CAMC Engineering Corporation Limited (CAMCE) for finishing the project in less than two years.

Agegnehu Teshager, president of Amhara regional state, similarly praised CAMCE for completing the sugar project despite Covid-19-related challenges.


The project will have multifaceted side benefits, including the sugar byproduct molasses used to produce ethanol, alcohols, sanitizer, cattle feed, and pulp factory.

Speaking to reporters, Sun Jianshan, project manager of Tane Beles No.1 Sugar plant project, said the project has the processing capacity of 13,000 tons of sugarcane and 1,500 tons of refined sugar per day, respectively.


Sun also said the sugar plant is equipped with a 45 MW generator set, generating 30 MW to the external power grid.

Ethiopia expects the completed project to produce 200,000 tons of refined sugar annually while creating job opportunities for nearly 10,000 Ethiopians.


Despite Covid-19 related logistical challenges, CAMCE and its subcontractors were able to process the first sugarcanes on May 28.

CAMCE has also contracted the construction of Welkait Sugar factory with a production factory of 24,000 tons of sugarcane per day, located in Ethiopia’s Tigray regional state.


Ethiopia plans to increase its current 4,280 MW electricity generation capacity to 17,300 MW by 2025, with power generation projects in hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass sectors.

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