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Colombia: sugar and ethanol industry expects production to rise in 2012

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The annual Asocaña report shows that during 2011 sugar output increased 12,6%, while ethanol production increased 15,7%.

The sugar and ethanol industry of Colombia expects output of both products to rise even more in the current season.

Total production of sugar is put at 2.4 mln tonnes compared with 2.3 mln in 2011. Ethanol output is forecast to rise to 370 mln litres from 337 mln last year. The increase is primarily due to better weather conditions which will raise yields.

There are 11 companies operating in the country. For 2012, the sugar factories plan investments of $300 mln in the production of bioelectricity. Currently, the plants generate 190 MW of which they sell 53 to the public grid. By 2015, the total is to rise to 333 MW of which 145 MW will be sold.

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