A new stone processing line has begun operating in Sofala province in response to growing demand in central Mozambique for use in public and private construction projects, the Maputo daily Notícias reports.
The new line is the third operated by the company Produtora de Material de Construção (Promac) in the Mt Siluvo area. The US$460,000 investment has a capacity of 120 cubic metres per hour.
Provincial governor Félix Paulo highlighted at the inauguration ceremony several projects planned for this year, such as the reconstruction and enlargement of National Road no. 6 over 288 km from the city of Beira to Machipanda on the border with Zimbambwe, for a cost of US$410,000.
Paulo mentioned reconstruction of the Inchope/Caia section of National Road no. 1, set to begin in 2015, which will likewise consume a large amount of coarse aggregate produced by Promac.
The Notícias article indicated that ongoing work to extend the 575 km long Sena railroad between the coal town of Moatize in Tete province and the port of Beira should benefit from the new production line, given that the project was suffering from a serious shortage of ballast.
Promac director Rui Bernardo said a new production line was needed because the first one, with a capacity of 150 cubic metres per hour, dated to 1937 and was virtually obsolete, while the second relatively new one could only produce 80 cubic metres per hour. (macauhub/MZ)