The Nile Sugar operating facility in El Behira district has taken leading European process and equipment designs, and modified them to suit Egyptian operating conditions and sugar beet types. It has incorporated the latest “tried and tested” technology from both Europe and Egypt, and where necessary has adapted the technology for Nile Sugar to maximise sucrose extraction and energy efficiency. Commencing operations in March 2010, it is the newest and most modern beet sugar factory in the MENA Region, erected on 270 acres of land, adjacent to the main desert highway to Cairo, situated 54 KMs south of Alexandria,. [The site, whilst still under construction, could be viewed at Google Earth co-ordinates Latitude 30°51'10.99"N – Longitude 29°54'5.74"E] Ample space is provided to implement future expansion plans to double the factory’s sugar beet processing capacity, and to operate additional processes.

During the 150 day Beet Campaign (from February to June each year) the factory processes over 1.0 million tonnes of locally grown sugar beet; at other times of the year, the facility switches to raw sugar refining operations, converting imported raw sugar (from countries such as Brazil) into pure refined sugar at the rate of 1,400 tonnes per day. Throughout the year, the factory supplies 290,000 tonnes of sugar to food and drinks manufacturers throughout Egypt. Additionally, it produces 65,000 tonnes of high grade palletised animal feed for nourishment to cattle, sheep and goats throughout the region and Europe, and supplies 75,000 tonnes of molasses as a high quality feedstock to the fermentation industry, locally and abroad, particularly for yeast cultivation for bread-making.

The factory draws raw water from the Nile and then treats it to be suitable for all industrial and domestic processes operated on the factory site, particularly for washing sugar beet. The liquid outputs from the factory operations (including 600,000 tonnes of water which arrives inside the sugar beets) are treated in a highly specialised plant to produce a very clean “waste water” which is so pure it can be returned to the local agricultural irrigation systems. The soil, sand and stones entering the site with the sugar beet are also cleaned and separated and are returned to the land. The energy requirements of the factory are served by Natural Gas (with stored diesel as a standby fuel). The factory power plant can raise 160 tonnes of steam per hour for generating 16 megawatts of electricity in 2 turbo-generators, for powering all processing plant operations and for providing heating for all factory process requirements. Nile Sugar operates two modern Lime Kilns, consuming 420 tonnes of limestone per day to produce the “milk of lime” and CO2 gas which are intrinsic to the sugar purification process; additionally, a small surplus of burnt lime is produced to help to fulfil the requirements of the local steel making industry.

Throughout the year, the factory employs 390 experienced and qualified persons – engineers and technicians with skills and practical knowledge in sugar production, mechanical and electrical engineering, instrumentation technologies, quality assurance and production management activities. A further 250 persons are employed on a temporary basis during the Campaign period, thus ensuring that Nile Sugar plays an important role in the economic life of the local community.

Nile Sugar accredited ISO 22000:2010

February 22, 2012

Nile Sugar is proud to announce obtaining the Food Safety System Certification 22000:2010