OMNICANE LIMITED

Mauritius

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OMNICANE LIMITED

OMNICANE LIMITED is a leader of the modern sugarcane industry born of Mauritius’s centuries-old sugar industry. Our primary activity consists in the cultivation of sugarcane and the production of refined sugar, bioethanol, thermal energy, and electricity. Logistics and haulage are an integral part of our primary operations, while judicious property planning and development is central to the strength and growth of our business. Mauritius is our home and Africa our natural choice for further expansion in the sugarcane industry and the production of electricity from renewable sources. Taking forward our vertical integration, we also have a sizeable interest in marketing of sugar and its value added products in the United Kingdom.

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Mauritius

Our sugarcane mill at La Baraque annually produces around 135,000 tonnes of Plantation White Sugar for our refinery, 400,000 tonnes of bagasse for our main cogeneration power plant, and 45,000 tonnes of molasses for our bioethanol distillery. Using energy-saving diffuser technology for juice extraction, our sugarcane mill processes 1.3 million tonnes of sugarcane a year and has a daily milling capacity of 8,500 tonnes. When sugarcane trucks arrive at Omnicane they are weighed and the cane is then handled to begin the milling process. Sugarcane first passes through a shredder to be disintegrated to facilitate the extraction of juice. A pre-extraction mill extracts part of the raw juice from the cane. This raw juice is sent to a mixed-juice tank. Shredded cane then passes through the diffuser for the final extraction. ** Ask for information **

Mauritius

Omnicane refinery has an annual production capacity of 200,000 tonnes of white refined sugar type EEC GDII. The Plantation White Sugar (PWS) feedstock for the production of refined sugar is supplied by Omnicane at a level of 130,000 tonnes, 40,000 tonnes originate from a local milling company and the difference is imported. The plant was upgraded in 2012 to increase the production capacity from 600 to 700 tonnes daily, with a shift in the sugar manufacturing technology. The adopted process resulted in an improvement in the overall energy consumption of the refinery as well as an improvement in the sugar quality bringing it up to the Coca-Cola standards. The PWS is transported by belt conveyors from the warehouse to the remelter station where it is weighed before being remelted. The remelt liquor is then transferred to the clarification station for further processing. Clarification is done with the addition of phosphoric acid, lime and ... ** Ask for information **

Mauritius

The electricity exported yearly by our power plants to the national grid of Mauritius represents just under 30% of the annual electricity generated in the country. Furthermore, Omnicane produces 40% of the country’s renewable bagasse-based energy. La Baraque Our main power plant at La Baraque is one of the largest bagasse- and coal-fired cogeneration plants in the world. It uses bagasse during the sugarcane crop period, and coal outside of the crop period to generate steam and electricity for the cluster and electricity for the national grid. Of the same type as the first but smaller, our second power plant at La Baraque uses woodchips and coal and caters mainly for the distillery’s requirements in both steam and electricity. Omnicane's main cogeneration plant captures by-product heat from the combustion of bagasse and coal and transforms this heat into useful energy, namely steam and electricity. ** Ask for information **

Mauritius

Our bioethanol distillery can produce up to 24 million litres of bioethanol a year depending on the volume of molasses processed. The bioethanol can be used in pharmaceutical and industrial products as well as a source of biofuel in transportation and power production. The distillery’s by-products of raw gas and concentrated molasses stillage are then further transformed to produce food grade carbon dioxide and liquid fertilisers respectively. The production capactity of Omnicane's bio-ethanol distillery is of 80,000 litres a day. Molasses, the process residue of the repeated crystallisation of sugar, are received from the milling unit and from other suppliers. Upon reception, they are cooled and weighed before being transferred to storage liner tanks. Molasses from the liner storage tanks is pumped to the fermentation section where the latter is diluted with water to produce mash. ** Ask for information **

Company info

Key figures

  • Company headcount
    51 – 100

Organisation

  • Year established
    1959
  • Site status
    Registered office – Parent company
  • Main activity
    Manufacturer/ Producer

Keywords associated with this company

  • Sugar
  • Cane sugar refinery
  • Sugarcane cultivation
  • Thermal power plants
  • Bioethanol Distillery
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