Sugar mill on nucleus estate in West Africa
Cane Sugar Production
experience record of HVA in activities related to the sugar industry dates back
to the late 1880s when large‑scale sugar‑cane cultivation and processing was
started on the Indonesian island of
Java. Here, HVA owned and managed many sugar estates, amongst which the most
important were Jatiroto I and II, Kentjong, Menggiran, Tegowangi, Ngadirejo,
Kunir, Semboro, and Gunungsari.
In the early
1950s, HVA pioneered the sugar industry in
Ethiopia. Under proper ownership and
management, HVA established the sugar estates/ factories of Wonji, Shoa and
Metahara in 1954, 1960 and 1968, respectively. Their combined milling capacity
amounted to 6,500 tcd with a total area under cane of 13,000 ha. Sugar yields
achieved are among the highest in the world.
HVA International has expanded its activities in the field of sugar projects to
other parts of the world. Emphasis was increasingly put on consultancy and
technical assistance contracts rather than plantation ownership.
International has built up a long and successful track record in growing and
processing sugar cane, and establishment and rehabilitation of plantations and
sugar factories. Some of these projects are highlighted below.
In association with
the Sudanese company Newtech, HVA International recently participated in a
feasibility study for a new integrated sugar project in Sudan. HVA
International 's services concerned sugar cane production, field mechanisation
and cane transport, general technical and technological specifications of the
sugar factory, design of the sugar factory and marketing.
In 2002, HVA
International carried out a privatisation study of the sugar industry ENASUCRE
in Algeria, in association with Schlumberger Sema SAE.
During 1999 till
2001, HVA International carried out several advisory services and missions for
sugar projects in Ethiopia (Finchaa), Benin (Savé)
and Sudan (White Nile Sugar).
In 1998/1999 an
evaluation was carried
out of the progress made in the construction (set-up) of the Iranian
cane sugar industry.
sugar experts of HVA International have conducted in consortium with the
Netherlands Economic Institute an evaluation and review of the sugar projects
that have been sponsored by the African Development Bank all over the
HVA International has completed a technical and financial evaluation of the
Save Sugar Complex in Benin, in
association with the Netherlands Economic Institute. HVA International
prepared a comprehensive rehabilitation programme for plantations and factory
as the basis for a financial evaluation and exploration of modalities for a
management lease hold.
1996/97, HVA also undertook a privatisation study for the sugar industry in
Tanzania. The study
included an analysis of the Tanzanian sugar industry. The Sugar Development
Corporation (Sudeco) was evaluated and profiles were made for Kilombero I &
II, Mtibwa, and TPC as well as for the National Sugar Training Institute. The
study provided a framework and an action plan on the optimal privatisation
strategy for these subsidiaries.
for the pre-investment study for the rehabilitation and expansion of the
Kagera Sugar Estate in Tanzania,
HVA covered all agricultural aspects, including the establishment of a sugar
cane outgrower scheme for smallholders, integrated with food crop and
Tanzania, HVA has developed a computerised management information
system (MIS) based on PC's for the Mtibwa and Kilombero sugar companies.
Implementation of the systems started in the early nineties and included
adaptation to local conditions and extensive training of personnel. The
training was completed ultimo 1998.
1993 till 2000, HVA has provided consultancy services, technical support and
training for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Savannah Sugar project,
Nigeria. The project included a
4,000 tcd sugar factory with refinery and 6,800 ha of sugar-cane fields, Also
included were infrastructure works, e.g. roads, workshops, pump stations, and
an irrigation/ drainage system.
HVA carried out a short-term technical mission in
Vietnam for the overall assessment
of a sugar factory including plant maintenance, training and management
information. A a result of a follow-up mission early 1994, HVA now provides La
Gna Sugar Factory with advisory services for estate cane production and
production of sugar cane by smallholders, including cane cultivation,
introduction of new cane varieties and set-up of agronomic experiments.
HVA provided assistance in the evaluation of the tender for Shoaibiyeh project
in Iran. HVA services included evaluation of the offers and assistance
during the negotiations with the four best-ranked suppliers.
1991/1992 HVA was commissioned by the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture to carry
out the design of a standard sugar factory and refinery. The project included
the preparation of tender specifications.
1987-1988, HVA carried out a study for the Government of
Iran for the feasibility of a
cane‑sugar project, called Mian‑Ab, to be established in Khuzestan. The
project included the basic design of a sugar factory, including a refinery,
with a capacity of 6,000 tonnes of cane per day and the design of plants for
the processing of bagasse and molasses, i.e. units for the depithing of
bagasse, a fibreboard factory and a feedmill for the processing of molasses
and pith. The viability of the whole project has been evaluated and detailed
technical studies on the possible types of processes, the cost of investment
and the cost of operation of the various processing units have been carried
REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION OF THE SAVANNAH SUGAR PROJECT, NIGERIA
- Technical and engineering assistance
for the rehabilitation of a 4,000t tcd sugar factory and for increasing sugar
cane production through rehabilitation (5,500ha) and expansion (1,300ha) of a
gravity irrigation system and improvement of field mechanisation, harvesting
and transport systems and agricultural practices.
Management of and technical assistance to the Mtibwa sugar factory and
MIAN-AB CANE SUGAR STUDY, IRAN
Feasibility study for a sugar factory, animal feed plant and hardboard
factory, using bagasse as raw material.
KILOMBERO SUGAR PROJECT, TANZANIA
Management of and technical assistance to a sugar factory, sugar cane estates,
and smallgrower sugar cane producers.
For More Information Contact:
Paalbergweg 30, 1105 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
P.O. Box 12204, 1100 AE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 7372164