Norway may set up aluminum factory in Sofala, Mozambique

16 February 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Feb – A new aluminum production factory may be set up in Mozambique’s Sofala province by companies from Norway, a country which will soon begin new oil and gas surveys in Mozambique, Mozambique’s president said.

Armando Guebuza announced the potential setting up of the factory after signing an agreement for it at the end of an official three-day visit to Norway.

With a new aluminum factory in central Mozambique, the country would have two processing factories for the product, after in 2000 Mozal was set up in Matola on the outskirts of Maputo, which is majority-owned by Australia’s BHP Billiton.

Last year the Mozambican government launched an international tender fir oil prospecting in the Rovuma basin, the river which separates Mozambique from Tanzania, for which Norwegian company Norsk Hydro was one of the candidates.

Speaking to journalists on the last day of his visit, Guebuza announced that Norway would finance the supply of electricity to some districts of Cabo Delgado province with funding of over 50 million euros.

Guebuza said cooperation with Norway, which has a 30-year history, was “positive” and noted the role the country had played in reducing the maternal and neonatal mortality rate and the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, which affects 16.2 percent of the population.

Every year Norway provide Mozambique with around 50 million euros in aid. (macauhub)