New sugar refineryThis article was originally published in The Public Ledger
PRODUCTION at a 600,000 tonne Syrian sugar refinery will begin in May. Test runs are being conducted at the plant near the city of Homs north of Damascus and output will steadily rise to reach capacity by the end of this year, said its owner, Tarif Akhras. The facility, which is the second privately held sugar plant in Syria, was due to start operations three years ago, but it has faced delays. It will compete with a 1m tonne refinery owned by Syrian businessman Najib Assaf and US company Cargill that began production in January 2008. The two refineries process Brazilian raw sugar.