Gal-Oya Plantations was formed in the year 2007 as a joint venture between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and a consortium of private sector investors comprising of Brown & Company PLC and Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC, where 51% of the ownership is with the Government of Sri Lanka and 49% of the ownership is with the consortium in order to revitalize former Hingurana Sugar which was closed down for more than 15 years.
The plantation consists of 7,659 ha of land with approximately 5,200 ha of cultivatable extent allotted amongst 4,400 families. The rest of the area is occupied by factory buildings, housing complexes, high lands, reservations, field roads and drainages. The project area is divided into 5 major zones namely Varipathanchena, Galmuduwa, Deegawapi, Hingurana, and Neetha.
The Agronomy Division of GOPL has been producing seed cane and conducting research on various aspects of sugar cane agriculture in collaboration with SRI. The division maintains over 20 SRI sugarcane clones as a source of future planting material and trial programs. The nursery area consists of 186.87 ha, out of which 135.0 ha was planned for the maintenance of primary seeds and 45.0 ha is for the secondary nursery. In addition to the nursery, contract seed cane farmers also provide seeds in order to fulfil the total seed cane requirement.
Main products of the Galoya Plantations are Sugar, ENA, Bio-Fertilizer, Power and CO2. The sugar plant has a crushing capacity of 2,000 tons per day to produce an average of 160-170 tons of sugar per day. The Distillery Plant has the capacity of 21,500 lts of ENA per day. Further, it is planned to produce 5,000 MT of bio-fertilizer per annum from the waste of sugar factory and distillery plants.
In addition to the ongoing projects, Power generation is one of the main projects aimed to be implemented to produce 10 MW of power. Commencement of construction is expected at the end of 2018 and completion by mid-2020 with an investment of Rs. 2.5 billion. Further, by the product of CO2 produced from the distillery will be trapped and cleaned for commercial sale. Project ground work has already commenced and operation will be outsourced. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 with the investment Rs. 250 Million.