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Sugar cane

Our Sugar Cane expertise

HVA International is a well-known Company in the field of integrated sugar complexes, For many decades HVA actively operated their own sugar factories in Africa (Ethiopia) and Indonesia. With time HVA moved to Consultancy and Management. At present HVA’s experts advise on Sugar Projects and prepare Business Plans after determining the feasibility and viability. The viability of sugar cane production includes aspects of sustainability whereby soil conservation, crop water consumption and air and water pollution are of importance in design and operations.

Integrated approach

Worldwide HVA also is  involved in studies on sugar complexes and cooperates as an independent consultancy and engineering company with other reputed Companies for the processing of cane. Modern technologies are incorporated in order to save on energy demand resulting in extra revenues on sales of electricity (co-generation).
HVA aims at fully integrated complexes including the production on ethanol from the molasses produced as by-product in the process of sugar fabrication.
The modern techniques in sugar cane production include precision agriculture whereby GPS based technologies are applied in mechanical harvesting of green cane determining tonnes of cane per ha maps. These diagrams are used for fertilizer application adaptations in subsequent crop. Similar modern systems are applied for herbicide application in order to reduce pesticide applications and arriving at certified sugarcane production.

HVA International can assist any Client with the initial reconnaissance, subsequently prepare the feasibility study and constitute the Business Plan  and assist the Client in engineering the financial package. At the time of implementation HVA will prepare the final design and supervise the contractors on behalf of the Client and if required assist in managing the Complex.

Zambia – Cane Supply Study

 

HVA International (2013) conducted a due diligence survey on a Sugar Project in Zambia on behalf of Suedzucker, Germany. The present sugarcane productions per ha are far below the neighbouring Sugar Estate. Consultants prepared a listing of what to be done to improving the yields and to adapt a sustainable way of sugarcane production.

Kenya & Uganda – Sugar Project Study

 

In 2014 HVA International was contracted to study 4 sites in view of establishing green sugar projects. The preselected locations require more detailed studies related to water availability, draining the swamp, and land ownership before the best site can be selected and further full feasibility study prepared .

Ethiopia – Green Sugar Project Study

 

In 2015 HVA in association with another Dutch international operating consultancy Company AC conducted a study for the feasibility of a sugar project along the Wabe Shebelle river in Eastern Ethiopia. The crop has to be irrigated with a CP system. The overall project area is about 11,000 ha under sugarcane and a mill capacity of 6000 TCD.

Kenya – Cane Supply Study

 

HVA concluded a contract in 2014 to conduct a study How to effectively expand the cane supply to the existing rehabilitated mill. Consultants opted for a combination of increasing the cane yield level of the existing cane land by optimizing the cane farms of the out-growers ( cane cycle length, fertilizer distribution, optimal harvesting system ). Secondly in expanding the cane region and adopting newly registered farmers. Consultants advised the Management to improve communication with the farmers.

Kenya – Integrated Sugar Project Study

 

In 2012 HVA International was requested to update their feasibility study (final report in 2008) on the Tana Integrated Sugar Project ( TISP ). Mumias Sugar Company in Kenya, the owner of the study for an integrated sugar production, energy generating and alcohol production unit, aiming at a 10,000 TCD factory for about 20,000 ha sugarcane land. The energy production is based on a more energy efficient sugar mill, saving bagasse which is used to generate surplus electricity. Molasses – the other major by-product – is fermented and the alcohol prepared for direct sales.