The first imposing raw sugar silo is already in place: it has a capacity of around 150,000 t, is 120 m long and 50 m wide. The silo currently serves for storage of the sensitive equipment.
At the heart of the factory complex, the so-called sugar house is where the core sugar refinery process will take place. Just a few metres away, the building section for sugar conditioning and packaging is under construction, next to the vast hall for storing the refined sugar.
The factory is designed for a processing capacity of 3,000 t/d. Thanks to BMA’s sophisticated process technology, Al Reef will be enjoying many benefits after completion. Such as the VKT: a self-supporting tower that can be installed outside, saving both material and time. With its 5.6 m diameter, it has a smaller footprint than several batch pans placed side by side. The calandria pressure is so low that it can operate on 1st vapour, thus improving the overall steam economy.
Another benefit: by producing refinery massecuite in a continuous pan, fewer batch pans are required. This minimises the cyclic pressure fluctuations in the exhaust steam and the central vacuum system.