April 15, 2021 / 10:29AM / Ottoabasi Abasiekong for WebTV / Header Image Credit: BUA
The BUA Lafiagi Integrated Sugar Refinery Plant which is receiving the full support of the Nigeria Sugar Development Council is expected to be completed for commissioning by 2022.
Engineer Rasheed Olayiwola, the General Manager, disclosed this at a recent briefing of media correspondents who were on a tour of the facilities in Kwara State.
According to him the Refinery feeds into the backward integration plan (BIP) for sugar in the country and supports the federal government's industrialization plans.
He said the project which covers 20,000n hectares of land, has an innovative irrigation infrastructure that would be based on the Israeli Drip model and the Pivot Centre design.
The irrigation network was 20km and would be designed after Brazilian and German technologies following global best standards and a support mechanism of 5,000 hectares of land for sugarcane out-growers.
The integrated refinery would comprise a Sugar Mill, Ethanol Plant, Power Plant, and Sugar Refinery.
He also said that the BUA Lafiagi Refinery provided infrastructure that would improve local production and employment, he specifically mentioned the following features of the refinery;
Providing a further review of the refinery, he noted that it aligned with the Backward Integration Programme of the Federal Government for the sugar industry.
In terms of security, he noted that the Lafiagi community has been peaceful and the Kwara State Government has provided immense support to the project under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Ahmed.
Engr. Olayiwola added that the refinery covered 20,000 hectares of land with a 235km road network coverage and remains critical to the National Sugar Masterplan of Nigeria.
The Group Head, Communications for BUA Group Mr. Ortega Ogra said about $300m has been invested in the project, which increased the private capital investment stock in the country.