Cape Verde: Cimpor Group builds ships to increase cement exports

15 February 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 15 Feb – Portuguese cement group Cimpor plans to invest 16 million euros in special ships for transporting cement to Cape Verde, one of the group’s directors said in Praia Thursday.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, César Abreu said that the ships were being designed and built base don the characteristics of Cape Verde’s ports, which have short docks, and thus the ships will be shorter and wider than usual.

The Cimpor group, via Cimentos de Cabo Verde, is responsible for 80 percent of cement supplies to the archipelago, where demand has been increasing over the last few years.

Growth in demand for cement has been driven by large tourism investment projects on the islands of Sal and Boa Vista as well as the island of Santiago, with construction by several hotel chains, tourist resorts and many residential and office buildings.

The cement used in cape Verde is placed in the market by Cimpor/Cimentos de Cabo Verde and, in smaller quantities, by Portuguese group Secil. In Cape Verde there is also a cement factory owned by an Italian group, but its raw materials are imported.

“Cement manufacturing relies on limestone. In cape Verde the only island that has limestone is Maio island, where a Chinese company has a project for future quarrying,“ Abreu said.

Cimpor has been in cape Verde since 2005, via Cimentos de Cabo Verde. (macauhub)