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. At present, HVA-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.

Integrated approach

Worldwide, HVA is also involved in studies on sugar complexes 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 and other crafts like drones and advanced sensors are supporting the mechanical harvesting of green cane and determine parameters like the tonnes of cane per ha etc. The data is also 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 conducted a due diligence survey on a Sugar Project in Zambia on behalf of Suedzucker, Germany. The present sugarcane productions per ha were far below the neighbouring Sugar Estate. HVA-experts prepared a listing of measurements for improving the yields and adapting a sustainable way of sugarcane production.

Kenya & Uganda – Sugar Project Study

HVA International is 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

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

Kenya – Cane Supply Study

HVA concluded a contract in 2016 with the purpose to effectively expand the cane supply to a sugar mill. The 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. The measures included a.o., adjustments of the cane cycle length and the fertilizer distribution and optimization of the harvesting system. Another measure was the expansion of the cane region and the addition of more farmers/ out growers. Further adjustments were made in the communication methods 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.