Sudanese president opens Africa's first ethanol plant

Jun 10, 2009 02:00 AM

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has opened the Kenana Ethanol Factory, the first project for producing the biofuel in Africa.
The multi-national joint venture, of which Kuwait owns a stake, costs up to $ 15 mm. It will initially produce 65 mm litres of ethanol a year, and its production capacity will hit 200 mm litres in two years.

The inauguration ceremony of project drew large numbers of public and official dignitaries including the stakeholders and the Kuwaiti and Saudi members of the board of Kenana Sugar Company, as well as representatives the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development and the Sudanese commercial banks.
The new project uses by-products from the Kenana Sugar Factory, the largest sugar production factory in Africa which exports half of its production to the European Union countries and Sudan's neighbours, to produce the biofuel, Mohammad Al-Mordhi Al-Tijani, board member of Kenana Sugar Company, told.

It will add to Sudan's non-oil exports and enhance the country's status as one of the world's largest ethanol producers thanks to its huge potentials in the domain of green fuels, Al-Tijani said.
Clean energy is becoming the engine of economic development nowadays and the new project will enhance Sudan's status among the world's ethanol producers, he went on to say.

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