Bioethanol is either produced from sugar-based feedstock such as Sugarcane, Sugar beet or Sweet Sorghum or from Starch-based Feedstock being either grains (Corn, Wheat, Barley or Sorghum grains) or tubers (such as Cassava). As yeast cannot feed on starch, the grain/cassava feedstock production process requires the use amylase enzyme to convert the starches into fermentable sugars.
With the exception of Sweet Sorghum which yields both grain for food and stem sugars for ethanol production, the growing of energy crops for Biofuels inevitably raises land use issues regarding potential competition with food crop production and the diverting of food crops for industrial use.
During the course of 2016, the first 2.500 hectares will be cleaned and prepared for the first Sweet Sorghum plantation in April 2017. 2.500 hectares plantation will be added in 2017, 2018 and 2019 to reach a total crop acreage of 10.000 hectares by 2019.
The Syrup production units capacity will be expanded to meet the volume of Sweet Sorghum Stalk production. The ethanol plant start-up is planned for June 1st 2017. Civil works of the ethanol plant will start in July 2017. EPC contracts need to be signed in October 2017.