Luanda, Angola, 13 Jan – Angolan cement company Nova Cimangola plans to invest US$200 million on installing a new oven for producing clinker, thus avoiding importing raw material for cement product, Angpop news agency reported.
According to Angola’s Angpop, Nova Cimangola needs 60,000 tons of clinker – a mixture of calcium carbonate, silica, alumina, and iron oxide used in cement production – each month to produce cement but the three ovens it currently uses produce only around 30,000 tons per month which means that the company must import the remainder.
The new oven will have the capacity to produce 4,000 tons of clinker per day and, unlike the ovens in current use, will produce the raw material by a “dry method”, which according to the company will save 300 cubic meters of fuel per hour.
Nova Cimangola, which is partly-owned by Portugal’s Cimpor, plans to launch super cement onto the Angolan market in March. This new type of cement is used in construction projects that need to be completed quickly and special projects such as hydroelectric dams and bridges.
The production of this type of cement in Angola is due to the fact that in September 2005 the country’s fifth mill came into production. The facility has already made it possible to more than double Nova Cimangola’s annual production from 680,000 tons to 1.4 million tons. (macauhub)