The order № 1063 about the construction of the First Belarusian Sugar Plant was issued on February, 10, 1946 by A.I. Mikoyan — the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR.
In June 1946 the project was approved and the construction of the factory began.
In 1948, when the construction reached its crucial phase, Mikhail Prokofyevich Teterin was appointed to the position of the director of the factory. It was him who organized the work of the plant’s staff and remained in charge of it till 1958.
On March, 2, 1951 the plant was put into operation and started to process sugar beet, thus obtaining the first Belarusian sugar.
On March, 15, 1951, after a two-week test work, the State Commission accepted and set into operation the 1st Belarusian Sugar Plant that was later renamed into Skidel Sugar Refinery.
By the year 1954 the sugar plant structure was formed completely, all the shortcomings and defects were eliminated. The technical lines and systems were working as a whole, the factory came up to full capacity.
Starting from the sixties, the factory’s equipment was completely upgraded. As a result, the output of sugar beet processing increased from 8 500 to 12 200 metric centners a day.
In 1961 the citric acid production department was built at the factory. Its productive capacity constituted 140 tons of citric acid a year. Also, the processing of crude sugar started that year.
From 1967 till 1993 Vladimir Borisovish Kokhanovsky was in charge of the plant.
By mid 70s the plant completed the mechanization of beet handling operations. As a result, loaders and clamp coverers ensured uninterrupted unloading of up to 3000 trucks a day.
Thanks to repeated modernization, by the end of the 70s, the productive capacity of the plant increase up to 1 700 tons of processed sugar beet a day.
According to annual work results for the year 1978, Skidel Sugar Refinery behalf PZ Kalinin was awarded with the Challenge Red Banner of the Central Committee of CPSU, of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. That was real success!
The 1983 was a momentous year for the Skidel Sugar Refinery in many ways. The millionth ton of sugar was produced. Moreover, eighteen years later, in 2000, Skidel Sugar Factory made the second millionth ton of sugar.
From 1993 till 2006 Hennadzi Vasilievich Karamushka was at the head of the plant.
In 1993 the reconstruction of the plant was completed. New engineering buildings were constructed and modern machinery was bought and installed. The estimated capacity was raised up to 3000 tons of processed beet per day, thus bringing the output of the sweet product up to 500 tons per day.
In 1997 the Skidel Sugar Refinery was turned into a joint-stock company and reformed into JSC «Skidel Sugar Factory»
In 1998 a bulk sugar storage complex was put into operation where it is possible to store 15 thousand tons of sugar at the same time.
In 1999 the vacuum-condensate unit and the lime burning furnace were modernized, as well as the melt station, defukosylation and saturation scheme and filtration station. The evaporating station and condensate equipment were automated.
In accordance with the Enactment of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus «About the programme of development of the processing industry of agro-industrial complex for 2005-2010» the enterprise was assigned a task to increase sugar beet processing capacity from 3 up to 7 thousand tons per day, which would allow to produce about 100-110 thousand tons of beet sugar a year.
In 2003 cartridge filters of the 1st saturation juice Putsch KF-205 were installed, the defucosylation and saturation station was reconstructed and then automated. Also the station of filtration of juice suspension of the first saturation KF-1000 was automated.
Skidel Sugar Factory was the first enterprise in the CIS to automate completely the crude sugar processing. Today this process is controlled by logical automatic machinery able to provide very high quality of final product.
Starting from 2006 until now Skidel Sugar Factory is led by Yegorov Dmitry Vladimirovich.
In 2007 the second diffusion apparatus DC-12 was put into motion, the modernization of thermal circuit was carried out and the second film apparatus of the evaporation station was added as well as a vertical crystallizer with the volume of 300 cubic metres.
To increase the productive potential a department of drying and granulation of pulp was built by the year 2008. This allowed to store the pulp and organize its export deliveries. Also the food department was modernized.
As a result of the technical re-equipment the factory reached the objective of processing 7000 tons of sugar beet per day. Nevertheless, this is not the limit, as the state imposed a task to achieve the total capacity of 10 000 tons of processed sugar beet per day by the year 2015.
Gradually ramping up facilities, in the period from 1994 till 2009 the factory increased the rate of beet processing from 166 795 to 800 211 tons per season. It means that the productivity in this period was raised from 1 779.9 to 6 557 tons of sugar beet per day. The average yield of sugar was 12.85% of the mass of sugar beet. The loss of sugar during production was decreased to the rate of 0.65% of the beet mass.
Currently the productivity of sugar beet processing makes up 7 400 tons per day, or 1 080 425 tons per season.