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$200m sugar project set for Shangombo

ANGELA CHISHIMBA-NDUBA, Lusaka
NOCART, a Finnish-based renewable energy firm, has been awarded a contract by PADIC Programme Shangombo Sugar Project to design, construct and install about US$200 million hybrid power plants to help drive sugar production in Shangombo district in Western Province.
The sugar project is expected to produce over 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually.
In a statement issued yesterday, Nocart country representative Sid Kabaso said that the value of the contract will exceed US$200 million, and will be developed over the next two to four years.
Nocart supplies power plants for distributed energy production using solar, wind and bio-energy, among other sources, to produce high quality electricity.
Commenting on the project, Nocart chief executive officer Vesa Korhonen said the first part of the delivery consists of 30 to 40 megawatts (MW) solar/diesel hybrid power plants and is part of the complete power plant solution with a total capacity of 100MW.
“With these plants, we can produce enough electricity for a 30,000 hectare sugar plantation and for the needs of modern sugar production facilities which are expected to produce over 800,000 tonnes of sugar per year,” Mr Korhonen said.
Nocart power plants are based on the proprietary power management units (PMU) derived from their own technology which controls energy production, storage and distribution of electricity.
Mr Korhonen said Nocart focuses on bringing distributed, renewable-based energy solutions to people with limited or no access to quality electricity.
“We operate in those geographic markets in which the growth potential is great and market nearly untouched.
“The electrification of rural areas outside the national grids is one of the business opportunities and Nocart is recognised as a leader in this field. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and local resources and people, Nocart improves the quality of life and environment in the markets we operate in,” he said.


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