9 January 2013 – Mauritius company Omnicane has bought 25% of Kenyan sugar company, Kwale International Sugar Company. Kwale International Sugar Company was started in 2010 through a management partnership between Kenyan company Pabari Investments and Omnicane.
The partnership is aimed at setting up a sugar production facility, a power plant and a bio ethanol distillery in Kwale district. Omnicane generates 30% of the electricity generated in Mauritius annually and hopes to replicate its success in Kenya.
The Kwale project already has 15,000 acres of sugarcane under cultivation. The factory and 18 MW power plant are projected to be operational by August 2013. The 300,000 litre bio-ethanol-distillery will follow thereafter. The factory is expected to have the capacity to crush 3,000 tonnes of cane a day. Omnicane produces 150,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually in Mauritius.