Excerpts Of Executive Summary Of Technical Audit Report Commissioned By The Ministry Of Trade & Industry In September 2017 & Dated 10th October, 2017.
“The Plant was commissioned by His Excellency the President of Ghana on 30th May, 2016.
A project completion report submitted by the Contractor indicated that the project was completed in March 2016, seven months earlier than the expected date of completion (October, 2016).
THE REPORT ALSO INDICATED THAT THE TESTING OF THE SUGAR PLANT WAS CARRIED OUT AND SUGAR WAS PRODUCED SUCCESSFULLY.
HOWEVER, FULL LOAD PRODUCTION, FOR ITS INSTALLED CAPACITY COULD NOT BE CARRIED OUT DUE TO INADEQUATE SUPPLIES OF SUGARCANE(PG.2 COMPLETION REPORT, MAY 2017).
M/S Seftech Pvt. has also submitted a bill of USD $7.9 million as cost of the PARTIAL TEST RUN, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NUSERY AND THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PLANT.
“THE Factory has only been test-run during its commissioning. THE TEST-RUN DID NOT GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS TO PRODUCE SULPHURLESS WHITE SUGAR AS STIPULATED IN THE CONTRACT AS SOME SYSTEMS WERE BY-PASSED AND OTHERS WERE NOT INSTALLED.
It took 17 days to crush the sugarcane to produce the raw sugar. This was due to a number of challenges the operators encountered during the test-run. IT HAS TO BE NOTED THAT, THE SUGAR PRODUCED WAS NOT WHITE REFINED SUGAR(at 50 ICUMSA) AS REQUIRED BUT SEMI PROCESSED RAW SUGAR HAVING MOLASSES( WHICH IS NOT EDIBLE).
THIS RAW SUGAR WOULD HAVE TO BE REFINED TO PRODUCE THE WHITE CRYSTALLINE SUGAR.
“THE following were by-passed:
(a): Melt Clarification(Complete Section)
(b): Vertical Crystallizers (A-H and B-H)
(c): Dosing System
(d): MOLASSES Weighing System
(e): Begasse Compressor
(f): Weighing Bridge (20 ton and 40 ton)
(g): Grap(crane) at the cane yard
(h): Other Minor Parts Effluent Treatment PLANT was not constructed at the time of commissioning.
It was constructed in January, 2017 and would need to be tested . Modifications were made to some faulty equipment during and after the test-run which also need repairs”.
Me: Was Sugar Ever Produced By The Komenda Sugar Factory Prior to 2017? If yes, what kind of SUGAR? Provide the correct answer for 10 points out of 10! Stay tuned for more excerpts…”
Former President John Dramani Mahama replied his critics who claim he built the Komenda Sugar Factory without providing raw materials to feed it.
Mr. Mahama was on an interview on cape FM in the cape coast, during his central regional thank you tour, he said ”there was an arrangement in place to provide raw materials for the factory”.