Mozambican cement company Cimentos de Mozambique halts production due to pollution

17 October 2006

Maputo Mozambique, 17 Oct –Mozambican cement company, Cimentos de Mozambique, owned by Portugal’s Cimpor, announced it has halted production in order to replace its equipment, due to the pollution caused by the machines it currently uses.

The halt brings to an end a long period of complaints by environmentalists and residents of the city of Matola, where the factory is located, of alleged environmental pollution and diseases related to the gases let off in cement production.

A source from the company’s board of directors, cited by newspaper Notícias, said that the changes would include installing new filters, replacing the current ovens and other equipment responsible for the deterioration of the environment in the area where the factory operates.

Hernes Silva, one of the directors of Cimentos de Moçambique, said that the halt in production at the factory would not increase the price of cement and said retailers would be responsible for any potential price hike. (macauhub)