A Dubai-based businesswoman to start up a sugar plant in Mérida

The Dubai-based businesswoman Hassa Jamal Majid Al Ghurair is promoting the construction of a sugar beet processing plant in the municipal district of Mérida for the production of refined sugar. It is expected to operate around 150 days a year, with three daily shifts employing around 200 workers.

On June 30, the Extremadura Official Gazette announced that the application for environmental authorization and environmental impact study for this project to be opened to public debate had been presented by Hassa Jamal Majid Al Ghurair, the daughter of the founder and general manager of the Dubai-based sugar production company Al-Khaleej Sugar.

The new sugar company will be located in the capital of Extramadura and have a processing capacity of 1,500 tons of sugar beet an hour (almost 5.5 million tons a year), and 250 tons of brown sugar an hour (900,000 tons a year). This capacity will allow it to obtain up to 240 tons of processed sugar an hour from sugar beet and 245 tons from brown sugar, making a total of over 1.7 million tons a year.

The factory will be built on a 539,182-square-meter plot in the Expacio Mérida industrial park. It will have an office building of 860 square meters distributed over three floors, a limestone warehouse with an area of 2,000 square meters, a general warehouse with 1,620 square meters, a warehouse workshop for maintenance of the same size, and a warehouse for dried pulp of 3,200 with square meters. There will also be a turbine building and a boiler and heat recovery building, with 500 square meters each, and four silos for storing the finished product.

The industrial facility will have its own wastewater purification facilities, and will generate an effluent which –once cleaned– will be sent through a waste collector buried in the Guadiana river, which is 5 km away from the future plant.


Last updated: 17|07|2017

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