Maputo, Mozambique, 29 March – Cimentos de Moçambique, part of Portuguese cement group Cimpor, Friday announced it would double cement production to 1 million tons at its main factory in Mozambique, at an expected investment of 18 million euros.
The boost to production capacity at the Cimentos de Moçambique unit in Matola, in the south of the country, is set out for 2011 and aims to respond to a rise in demand in the region the company said in a statement.
“The Matola cement factory has an installed capacity of approximately 500,000 tons per year. This capacity is far from covering the current needs for cement in the south of the country, where we expect to see continued high growth,” said Cimentos de Moçambique.
To increase production a new cement mill will be installed with the company signing a contract with South African construction company Group Five covering the construction, electrical and mechanical assembly components.
“The main mechanical equipment has been delivered by Austrian company Christian Pfeiffer,#” the statement said, noting that with the new installed capacity the company would be prepared to cover the total needs of the national market, particularly in the south, for the next five years.”
As well as the Matola unit, Cimpor also operates the cement factories in Beira, central Mozambique, and Nacala, northern Mozambique. (macauhub)