Cooking oil factory to start operating in Mozambique in June

27 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 April – A new cooking oil and soap factory is due to start operating next June in Matola in the south of Mozambique, as part of an estimated investment of 16.5 million euros, the project’s developers said Monday in Maputo.

The chief executive of the Maeva group, representing French group Shemir Sokataly, Daniel Mondlane said that the new unit would produce 500 tons of oil per day as well as 150 tons of washing soap and 100 tons of soap bars.

The washing soap and soap bars will be produced from recycled oil and the factory will have 750 workers.

“This project is the expansion of the refinery that operates here in Matola, with a capacity for 150 tons of oil per day,” Mondlane said.

In the first phase of operation, the raw materials will be imported from Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa, but later may be acquired on the national sunflower and soy markets.

Some of the oil produced at the new factory will be sold in Mozambique and some will be exported to Tanzania, Madagascar and Burkina Faso, which already by the products from another unit of the group.

“At the moment we have stopped exporting to Madagascar due to the political crisis there. But we are exporting 40 tons of oil per month to Tanzania and Burkina Faso,” Mondlane said. (macauhub)

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