President Ernest Bai Koroma conducted an informal visit to the Addax BioEnergy plant where processing of ethanol from sugar cane will commence in 10 days time. He stated, “this is a great achievement for the people of Sierra Leone.”
The innovative project, where 80% of the workers are Sierra Leoneans, is the first of its kind in Africa. The project is located approximately 15km west of the town of Makeni in the Chiefdoms of Makari Gbanti and Bombali Shebora in the Bombali District and in the Chiefdom Malal Mara in the Tonkolili District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.
The sugarcane estate is approximately 10,000 hectares (ha), planted in circular fields watered by pivot irrigation.
The factory and related infrastructure, fields developed for rice farming and ecological conservation areas cover another 4,300 ha, bringing the effective project area to around 14,300 ha.
( Courtesy S.E.M & Government of Sierra Leone ……. Our Freelance Contributor in Sierra Leone)