In its bid to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of the sugar industry, the government has initiated plans to modernize the Albion/Port Mourant Sugar Factory which is located in East Berbice-Corentyne. According to the government, this is expected to lead to the commercial production of white sugar. The Guyana Standard understands that this is expected to get underway by 2022.
In addition to the plans for Albion, the government has since handed over to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), several tractors and other equipment that will increase cane yield and lower the cost of production. The government said that these will provide the base for a productive and profitable industry that will include, among other projects, cogenerated electricity from surplus bagasse, from the Albion factory in the first instance.
The Albion/Port Mourant Factory has a present grinding capacity of 170 tonnes cane per hour.