Other Backward Integration Sites
For the achievement of our 1.5 – 2.0 million metric tons of refined sugar from locally grown sugar cane from our integrated sugar sites across Nigeria, our strategy is to farm more than 150,000 hectares of land in addition to Savannah Sugar Company Limited.
Integrated sugar mills will be sited at various locations to:
- Refine white sugar from locally grown sugarcane to sell into local markets and where appropriate, to export to other markets across West Africa.
- Generate power from bagasse for own use, with any excess electricity being sold to the national grid.
- Produce Fuel Ethanol (ethyl alcohol).
- Produce Animal feed from molasses and bagasse.
- Produce Bio-Fertilizer from press mud /filter cake during sugar manufacturing.
Lau/Tau Project, Taraba State
This first phase of the project has begun with pre-project implementation activities and the development of our Lau/Tau project site in Taraba State. The Lau & Tau Sugar Project will be the first of the new sites to be developed over the next three years. The area is located on the south bank of the Benue River in Taraba State, about 30 km Northeast of Jalingo, in Taraba State.
The total land area at Lau/Tau is 30,000ha. The project will produce 2.3 million tonnes of sugarcane. Lau/Tau will have a cane milling factory capable of handling 12,000 tonnes/day, and the aim is to produce 250,000 tonnes of refined sugar per annum.
The 20 hectares seed cane farm developed at Lau, was harvested for the propagation of the backward integration projects.
Backward Integration Project Phase 2
The second phase of the project are also underway. The second phase of expansion will cover locations in Taraba, Jigawa, Kebbi and Kwara/Kogi states over the next 5 to 10 years. These projects will also have integrated sugar operations. Though the approvals for the sites have been obtained from the relevant authorities and the soil and topographical surveys concluded, the land acquisition processes are yet to be finalized. Once concluded, all the pre-project activities will commence at these locations to ensure the target deadline is met.