Chinese plant makes Angola self-sufficient in cement

10 October 2014

Cement production in Angola reached 8 million tons per year, which was slightly more than the amount consumed making Angola a self-sufficient country in terms of this product, the Angolan Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins said Thursday.

On the sidelines of a visit by President José Eduardo dos Santos to the CIF (China International Fund Ltd) plant in Luanda, the Minister said that this plant, located in the municipality of Bom Jesus, had allowed Angola to “reach production of 8 million tons per year, which should mean we can stop importing cement. ”

The CIF Luanda plant has two production lines, each with a capacity of 5,000tons per day, with a projected annual output of 3.6 million tons of clinker and 4 million tons of Portland cement.

Construction of the first production line began on 28 May, 2009 and was completed on 6 October 2011.

The plant, which employs about 800 Angolan workers, has capacity to generate its own energy through a plant that produces 145 megawatts of power, as well as three turbines.

Bom Jesus is a commune in the municipality of Icolo and Bengo, Luanda, on the right bank of the Kwanza River, about 60 kilometres southeast of the Angolan capital. (macauhub/AO/CN)