Tendaho Sugar Factory

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It is found at the lower Awash River Basin of Afar Regional State around Millie, Doubti, Assaeitta and Affambo Districts at a distance of 670 k.m. from Addis Ababa. It is located at 300 k.m. distance from Dijibouti Port which makes it more fit to export sugar. The project was started in 2006 with 50,000 hectares of land to be cultivated and will have a factory with a design capacity of 13,000 TCD a day. The factory construction contractor is OIA (Overseas Infrastructure Alliance) of India. The first phase of the factory has started trial production in October, 2014. It is currently in regular operation. Upon coming to its maximum crushing capacity, the factory will be able to produce more than 3 Million Quintals of sugar and 31,000 meter cube ethanol annually.

Out of the total hectares of the cane farm land the factory will cultivate 25,000 hectares sugarcane plantation field by its own while the rest 25,000 hectares are to be cultivated by surrounding out grower pastoralists. The factory has cultivated sugarcane over 20,866 hectares of land. The cane cultivation field is getting its water supply from Tendaho Dam and it is capable of irrigating 60,000 hectares of land having a capacity of holding more than 1.8 billion cubic meter water. Irrigable land has reached 22,835 hectares while construction of main canal and other canal structures are already built. The factory has made irrigable land available to pastoralists around which enable them to become semi pastoralist. 175 residence houses and 429 buildings are built at the factory command area.

It is the hugest plant in the country and it will take the lion’s share of the total amount of sugar produced in the nation. Out of the total 60 mega watt electric power it will be generating from its sugar bi-product it will export 38 Mega Watt electric powers to the national grid while the rest is consumed for its own regular operation. 

Metehara Sugar Factory

Methara Factory ethanol

The factory is found in Oromiya Regional State at 200 Kilo Meters distance from Addis Ababa. Same as Wonji Shoa Sugar Factory its construction was carried out by H.V.A. Company of the Netherlands. The factory started sugar production in 1970. Formed as Share Company between the then Ethiopian government and the constructing company, it was the third sugar mill to the nation. It currently has more than 10,000 hectares of land covered with sugarcane. Its average production capacity is 136,692 tons of sugar a year.

Through an expansion project conducted, it came up with an ethanol producing plant by the end of 2010. Currently the factory’s ethanol plant has a capacity of producing 12,500 Meter Cube ethanol a year. It also generates 9 Mega Watt electric power and satisfy its own power demand by itself. It is a factory which has applied Kaizen appropriately and has won trophies at national competition. It has received trophies as well as medals from FDRE Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne in September, 2015 for its work in making Kaizen perpetual.  

Wonji Shoa Sugar Facory

Wonji Showa Sugar Factory

The factory is found at Oromiya Regional State near Nazareth City at 110 Kilo Meters from Addis Ababa. Commencing production in 1954 it is the oldest and the pioneer in the history of Ethiopia’s sugar industry. And Shoa Sugar Factory constructed in 1962 is the second oldest and both, being obsolete, have stopped production since July, 2012 and July, 2013 respectively. The two factories constructed by the Holland Company known as H.V.A had a capacity of producing 750,000 quintals of sugar a year. The sugarcane plantation land of these two factories was 7,000 hectares out of which 1,000 had been planted by out growers.

In a bid to replace these two oldest factories with a new and modern one, an expansion project had been carried out both in the cane cultivation field and the factory since 2010. And, the factory plant expansion project has come into its completion in July, 2013. Accordingly, the newly built and modern Wonji/Shoa Sugar Factory has currently a design capacity of crushing 6,250 tons of cane a day and producing over 174,000 tons of sugar per annum which with further expansion will reach up to 12,500 TCD maximizing its production to 220,700 tons of sugar a year. The new ethanol plant planned to be built, will have a capacity of producing 12,800 meter cube. The Factory is currently contributing 20 mega watt electric powers to the national grid in addition to satisfying its own demand which is around 11 mega watt.

Its agricultural expansion project is currently being carried out around the areas known as Wakie Tiyo, Welenchiti and North Dodota areas. The factory, with the help of this agricultural expansion project, will have 16,000 hectares of sugarcane plantation field in total. The total cane cultivation field of the factory has currently reached 12,800 hectares. And, the 7,000 hectares of the factory’s sugarcane field cultivated with the agricultural expansion project is owned by out grower farmers of the surrounding area. There are 32 Sugarcane Out Growers associations which in total have 9,100 member farmers. The Factory, beyond supplying the farmers with selected seeds, and rendering professional as well as technical support to them, has made irrigable land available to all.