Angolan city of Lobito to have another cement factory

31 October 2007

Luanda, Angola, 30 Oct – The director general of Angolan cement company Companhia de Cimentos do Lobito (Secil), said Tuesday that his company was ready to to begin building work on its new cement factory in the city.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Rodrigues said that the new unit, with a production capacity of 600,000 tons per year, aimed to help fill the gap in the domestic market.

The investment contract for the new cement factory, valued at US$91 million, was approved at the end of last week by the Government.

The director general of Secil said that the Lobito project included the creation of 314 direct jobs and, given the demands of the new technologies it will use, also outlines a training program for 70 workers, which as of January 2008 will take place in Portugal.

He also said that Secil Lobito has planned the construction of an oven for preparing the clinker, a raw material that has so far been imported from Portugal and the Americas.

“With clinker production in the country, cement can be cheaper, as there will be no more imports,” Rodrigues said, noting that at the moment the company imports around 600,000 tons of clinker every year.

The current Lobito cement factory has the capacity to produce 240,000 per year, a quantity considered insufficient to met the needs of a country such as Angola, which is undergoing a process of reconstruction. (macauhub)