Angolan factory to produce sand filters for oil industry

27 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 27 March – Angola will be able to begin exporting sand filters for probes at the end of the year when the first factory on the whole of the African continent begins production, the chief executive of Sonangol said last week in Luanda.

Syanga Abílio said that the factory would produce, as well as the filters, drilling countersinks that will be used in oil wells, civil engineering, architecture and the diamond sector.

The factory, owned by Weatherford Angola, the Angolan subsidiary of US company Weatherford International, represents an investment of around US$20 million.

Abílio noted that the project was part of the “Angolanization” of the oil industry and pointed out that Sonangol’s activities had worked to drive the creation of partnerships between local businesses and foreign businesses linked to the oil industry.

“One example of this is the implementation of this project, as oil is accompanied by several impurities that are removed with the filters that are now going to be produced,” he said. (macauhub)