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Kakira Sugar Works Constructs USD 35 Million Ethanol Plant :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kakira Sugar Works Constructs USD 35 Million Ethanol Plant

Madvhani Group publicist Angella Kintu Rwabose says that the 35 million US dollars turnkey distillery project will produce at least 32 million litres of ethanol fuel from 74,000 tons of sugarcane molasses produced by Kakira sugar limited throughout the year.
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Kakira Sugar Works, a member of the Madvhani Group of Companies will soon start making sugarcane ethanol thanks to the construction of a new ethanol distillery at the Group's base in Kakira.

Sugarcane ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel produced by the fermentation of sugarcane juice and molasses. It has emerged in other parts of the world as a leading renewable fuel for the transportation sector.

Madvhani Group publicist Angella Kintu Rwabose says that the 35 million US dollars turnkey distillery project will produce at least 32 million litres of ethanol fuel from 74,000 tons of sugarcane molasses produced by Kakira sugar limited throughout the year.


She adds that the plant will have the capacity to switch between the production of fuel-grade bio-ethanol and premium-grade Extra Neutral Alcohol. It is expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2016.

She observes a need for bio- fuels legislation that could set terms of producing ethanol for use in Uganda.

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At an annual output of 20 million litres, the ethanol plant at Kakira will be one of the largest in the region, and the largest in Uganda.

Globally, the largest and growing use for ethanol is as a fuel additive to petrol. Fuel ethanol accounts for 85 percent of world usage, with beverage ethanol at 10 percent and industrial ethanol at 5percent.

Richard Walugere, a bio chemistry lecturer says the manufacture of ethanol can save fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

Jinja municipality Senior Environment officer Ernest Nabihamba says blending of ethanol with petrol fuel saves fuel consumption in cars, but also reduces the discharge of exhaust fumes from cars that are dangerous to the environment.

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