An investor of Swiss nationality is interested in resuming production at the Cabocem cement plant in Porto Novo on Santo Antão Island, reports the Cape Verdean daily A Semana.
The newspaper specified that the investor worked for more than 40 years in Secil, a Portuguese company which supplied the plant with clinker (a raw material used in cement production) and that during his recent stay in Cape Verde he met with the owners of Cabocem and representatives of the national ports administration (Enapor).
Cabocem was established in Porto Novo more than 10 years ago and produced pozzolana (volcanic ash) Portland cement in big bags (1.5 tons) and 50 kg bags.
On Sal Island limestone-based Portland cement was produced, along with various hydraulic aggregates, all certified by international standard EN 197-1.
A dispute with the Cape Verdean government, which the company accused of not fulfilling its obligations, along with the international crisis, eventually caused the factory unit to close. (macauhub/CV)