At its core, Al Nouran Sugar Company (ANS) represents the marriage of agricultural innovation and sugar industry expertise to create a 24,000 ton per day beet sugar production complex in the strategic location of Sharkiya governorate. The facility will process and refine locally grown sugar beets and imported raw sugar to produce ICUMSA3 454 white sugar, the highest grade sugar in the industry.
ANS is centered around a 1.8 million square meter facility which will be built across two phases and will require a steady and continuous local supply of sugar beets. The company is comprised of both a manufacturing and an agricultural arm, headed by Al Nouran Advanced Agricultural, which has been successfully developing and growing beet plantations in the area for five years.
Sugar beet processing involves the transformation of the main raw material (sugar beet) into refined white sugar. The production process also results in two highly economical byproducts, molasses and fodder. The main process components are Reception, Diffusion, Carbonation, Evaporation and Crystallization.
In a six-step process, the sugar beet is:
At the factory, the sugar beet is processed into fine white crystals. The byproducts from the production process are sold for annual fodder.
Sugar beets are harvested annually, and yields have benefited greatly in recent years from new seed types and cultivation practices. Great care must be taken to ensure adequate distance between plants, weed control, planting depth and proper fertilization. Labor costs in sugar beet production are negligible due to mechanical cultivation and harvesting equipment. The world average for yields of sugar beet crops is 18.6 tons per feddan.
Al Nouran’s agricultural arm, Al Nouran Advanced Agriculture (ANAA), has been operating for more than five years, having introduced large-scale beet technology to Egypt in 2008 on more than 20,000 feddans. The company has boosted land productivity by 198% and achieved yields of more than 30 tons per feddan, surpassing the national average of 18 tons per feddan.
ANAA has accomplished this by: