Benguela, Angola, 27 Oct – The Angolan city of Lobito will have a concrete mould factory for house construction the first stone of which was laid Thursday by the Minister for Urbanism and Housing, José Ferreira.
The factory, which is expected to cost US$8 million, will have the capacity initially to produce panels (moulds) for the construction of 500 houses per year, according to Angolan news agency Angop.
According to the chairman of Spanish company Mersa, which is part of Mersacer which is responsible for the project, Ramon Rodrigo, in a further phase, two years later, will produce moulds to build 1,000 houses in 12 months.
The concrete panels that will be produced, according to Rodrigo, are strong enough to be transported over long distances to be assembled to build houses.
Work on building the factory, which is the first of its kind in Africa, is expected to be concluded in 120 days. (macauhub)