Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Sept – Portuguese cement group Cimpor is making significant investments in its Dondo unit, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, by installing a new grinding unit and studies for construction of a new kiln are also at an advanced stage, said the group’s chairman, Francisco de Lacerda.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Lacerda said that the investments would almost triple capacity at the Dondo unit by 2013 and would also meet demand for the entire market in central Mozambique until at least 2018.
Cimpor has been studying the possibility of investing 120 million euros to boost cement production capacity at the Dondo plant for some time.
The project was delayed because of the international economic crisis according to the Portuguese cement company’s managers. Cimpor operates in three main cement plants in Mozambique: Matola (South), Dondo (Centre) and Nacala (North).
In Dondo, which may be the future home of the industrial park in Sofala province, there are proposals for projects to set up units focused on cement production, which have been submitted for the government’s appreciation by mainly foreign investors.
The cement plants at Nacala (Nampula), acquired in March and that have a capacity of 120 tons, are also undergoing a boost to capacity.
According to estimates Mozambican cement consumption is expected to total 1.5 million tons per year in 2014, taking into consideration several construction projects outlined by the Government and the private sector. (macauhub)