It is a project found in South Omo Zone (Selamago and Gnanegatom Districts), Bench-Maji Zone (Surma and Mieinitshasha Districts) and Keffa Zone (Diecha District) of Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples Region at 900 k.m. distance from the capital city. It is a huge project where four sugar factories are found under different levels of construction. Among the total four one will work with 24,000 TCD and is capable of producing 556,000 tons of sugar and 52,324 meter cube ethanol a year while the rest three will work each with 12,000 TCD and are capable of producing 278,000 tons of sugar and 26,162 meter cube ethanol a year individually. While reaching their maximum crushing capacity, all together will be able to produce 1,339,000 tons of sugar and 130,810 Cubic Meters ethanol annually.
Furthermore, the factories out of the 415 mega watt electric power which they are expected to produce through cogeneration will contribute 275 mega watts to the nation’s power grid. Among them Omo-Kuraz Sugar Factory Two has carried out trial production in March, 2017 and began regular production in December, 2017. All other sugar factories under construction are expected to enter production during the Second GTP period.
The construction of Omo-Kuraz One Sugar Factory which is being carried out by domestic contractor- Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation. Upon reaching its maximum crushing capacity, it will be a 12,000 TCD factory.
The construction of secondary, tertiary and quaternary canals is completed to supply 16, 141 hectares with irrigation water.
Mean while, the irrigation development of Omo Kuraz Sugar Factory Two is going on 1,100 hectares of land. The irrigation infrastructure development will continue on 1,800 hectares of land the contract of which to be signed soon. Similarity, design of 1,000 hectares irrigation infrastructure is underway at the same area.
In the meantime, design of irrigation development is going on 21,000 hectares to be developed using pumpedsurface irrigation system.
1,124 residential and nonresidential houses are built while another 1,469 houses are under construction at the sugar development project.
Same is true, except its entrance time, with Omo-Kuraz Three Sugar Factory which is closer to completion by the aforementioned Chinese company.
The construction of civil work of Omo-Kuraz Factory Five has already begun signing the contractual agreement with a Chinese Company- JJIEC. Reaching its maximum crushing capacity, it will be a factory with 24,000 TCD.
The project will have a total area of 100,000 hectares of land for its sugarcane cultivation. This wide area of cultivation field will get its water supply from the Omo River through a diversion weir which is under construction with 381 meter width & 22.4 meter height.
- Published: - Jan 18, 2017