The heads told local journalists who visited the site recently that the factories are now 60 % complete and are set to begin sugar production after 10 months.
“Wonji Shoa sugar factory, whose construction launched with 125 million US dollars loan obtained from India and 346 million birr allocated by Ethiopia will produce 7,300 quintals of sugar per day,” said Lemma Gurmu, Project Manager of Wonji Shoa sugar factory.
The new sugar plant being constructed under the expansion program of the existing Wonji Shoa sugar factory will generate 20MW electric power upon completion, he added.
According to Lemma, the factory will also have an ethanol factory. Sugarcane is being developed on over 10,000 hectares of land by the government and out growers for the new factory.
Operation Department Deputy General Manager of Tendaho sugar factory, Endalkachew Zenebe, on his part said the Tendaho sugar factory will commence first phase of production by the end of October, 2012.
In its first phase, the factory will crash 13,000 tonnes of sugarcane and produce 13,000 quintals of sugar per day.
“The factory will have the capacity to crush 26,000 tonnes of sugarcane and produce 26,000 quintals of sugar a day when it begins production with full capacity,” he said.
A total of 600,000 tonnes of sugar will be produced by the factory annually of which 50 per cent will be supplied to the international market, he added.
Equipped with modern technologies, the factory will also have the capacity to produce 63,000 KLPD ethanol and 70 MW electric power, Endalkachew said.
Sugarcane plantation will be carried out on 50,000 hectares of land. Plantation has already been undertaken on 18,000 hectares of land, he said.
Heads of both factories said the two factories will contribute share in the efforts to meet local demand and benefit from the international market.
Ethiopia set to hold 2.5 % of international sugar market over the coming five years.