Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Jan – A factory to process wood for export is due to be set up near the port of Maputo by a Japanese-Mozambican company called Sojitz Maputo Celulose Limitada (Somacel), the Japanese embassy in Mozambique announced.
According to a statement from the embassy, the project is expected to cost around US$10 million and will produce wood chips that are used for paper production.
For that purpose, Somacel plans to buy unprocessed wood on the domestic market and from the South African province of Mpumalanga and to make use of eucalyptus plantations in Swaziland for wood chip production.
When the project goes ahead it will be the first of its kind in Mozambique and in Africa, in general, the embassy’s statement said.
The new facility will have an annual production capacity of around 200,000 tons of wood chips for manufacturing paper in Japan. (macauhub)