Tate and Lyle have been processing sugar at their Thames Refinery site for over 125 years and export of their expertise in the processing of raw sugar is an important part of their business.
This new facility was promoted by Tate and Lyle, The Savalo Group of Saudi Arabia and with Ameril (operator of Sokhna Port). The state of the art port is situated at the southern end of the Suez Canal about 110 km south of Cairo.
The project is designed to process raw sugar unloaded from the port and transferred to the new refinery via an elevated belt with a capacity of 1000 tonnes per hour. The refinery occupies an area of approximately 15 hectares.
Raw sugar is stored in a bulk store with a capacity of 125,000 tonnes, where it passes through various stages of process involving melting, purification, crystallization and finally drying. Significant items of equipment supported in the Refinery Building are vacuum pans, strike receivers, batch and continuous centrifuges, a kiln, carbon columns and rotary driers.