Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Oct – Construction work on a cement factory in the Magude district of Mozambique’s Maputo province, which was initially due to begin in June, 2011 will now start in 2012, a source linked to the project told Mozambican news agency AIM.
As part of an investment of US$78 million, the project is being carried out by a group of Chinese businesspeople known as Africa Great Wall Cement Manufacturer Lda.
Fanieta Manjate, the director of Industry and Trade for Maputo, said that the environmental impact study had been approved and the source cited by AIM said that the process of transporting equipment and setting up homes for national and foreign staff that are involved in building the facility.
The Africa Great Wall Cement Manufacturer Lda factory will have capacity to produce 500,000 tons of cement per year and production is expected to begin between the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013.
With this plant, Maputo province will have three new cement production facilities, all of which built by Chinese companies.
The Salamanga plant, in the south of Maputo province, which is already under construction, is owned by the China International Fund and is expected to cost some US$72 million.
Estimated production for the company, which is also located near a limestone deposit, is estimated at 800,000 tons, and a third unit, owned by GS Cimento, will have a capacity of 550,000 tons of Portland cement.
This factory will be located in the Boane industrial park next to the Mozal aluminium factory. It is the most expensive of the three Chinese factories, and is expected to cost US$100 million.
Once these three cement plants go into production along with another one in the central province of Sofala, cement production in Mozambique is expected to triple, rising from 1.3 million tons per year to 4 million tons in 2013. (macauhub)