Poor ground quality leads to delay in construction of cement plant in Mozambique

5 June 2012

Work to build a cement plant in Magude, which had been due to begin last April, has been delayed due to the poor quality of the ground in the region chosen for the industrial facility, the district’s administrator said.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Correio da Manhã, Cristina de Jesus said that geotechnical surveys were underway to find an alternative location for the cement plant, but gave assurances that it would be built as there was an abundance of limestone and clay in the region.

The project to build the factory in the Magude district of Maputo province is expected to cost US$78 million, which funding will be provided by Chinese investors.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of 500,000 tons of cement, according to figures from the Ministry for Industry and Trade (MIC), which noted that after it starts operating Maputo, would have three cement production units.

Salamanga and Boane are the other regions of Maputo where cement plants are due to be built this year, the MIC said. (macauhub)