Sierra Leone - Addax Bioenergy Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 08 Apr 2011
Signature Date 01 Dec 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 32161
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 19,641,271.81
Status Completion

Project General Description

Addax Bioenergy (AB) Project is an integrated bioenergy initiative near Makeni in Sierra Leone. Addax Bioenergy, a division of the Swiss-based energy corporation Addax & Oryx Group (AOG). The project will develop a sugarcane plantation of approximately 10,000 ha to supply about 960,000 tons of cane per year. The project is expected to produce: (i) 83,000 m3 of fuel ethanol for export; and (ii) roughly 100 GWh of electricity from biomass, which will be available for sale to the domestic market. Liquid fertilizer is an additional by-product of the process The ethanol will be produced according to EU bioenergy environmental and social sustainability standards and those of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB).

Project Objectives

Expected development outcomes include: (i) job creation and training; (ii) increased government revenues; (ii) foreign exchange earnings for the economy; (iii) economic diversification through the development of a new export sector; (iv) generation of much-needed electricity; (v) significant GHG reductions; and (vi) improved food security through increased food production.


The beneficiaries of the project are the Government of Sierra Leone and the agricultural populations of the project area. This area is located approximately 15km west of the town of Makeni in the Chiefdoms of Makari Gbanti and Bombali Shebora in the Bombali District and in the Chiefdom Malal Mara in the Tonkolili District, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-SL-AAG-002
Last Update 20 Jun 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Sierra Leone
Coordinates Location Name
8.66667 -11.6667 Tonkolili District
9.33333 -12.25 Bombali District