The 235 million USD sugar factory would also generate 45 MW power.
The Omo Kuraz I sugar factory is conducting final test-run to enter sugar production phase.
The construction of the factory was launched three years ago at a cost of 235 million USD. It is one of the four sugar factories planned to be built in South Omo Zone of SNNP State.
The factory is being constructed by the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).
Factory Project Manager Col. Yohannes Tikisa said currently a pretrial is underway to enable the factory enter production phase.
He said machinery test has been completed and the remaining task is computerizing the whole process of the factory and testing the power supply system.
In addition to sugar production, the factory has a capacity to generate 45 MW. The factory would consume only 16 MW and the surplus would enter the national grid system.
Ethiopian professionals are undertaking the construction, except power generating section.
According to Col. Yohannes, the factory would begin production this Ethiopian fiscal year (2016/17).