Phosphate exploration in the municipality of Tomboco, in Angola’s northern Zaire province, is due to begin in 2017, the provincial director of Industry, Geology and Mining, Adão Sofia said recently in Mbanza Congo.
The provincial director also told Angolan news agency Angop that the company Vale Fértil, Lda., licensed for phosphate exploration had already sent a social responsibility proposal to the provincial government, ahead of the environmental impact study.
Sofia said preliminary studies indicated that the basin of the Lucunga River in the municipality of Tomboco, had sufficient mineral reserves for production of agricultural fertilisers in the country.
He estimated that phosphate production could total 500,000 tons of phosphate rock, with 300,000 tons intended for domestic consumption and the surplus for export.
“The establishment of the factory in the region will contribute to the growth of agricultural production and the progressive reduction of fertiliser imports,” he said.
According to Adão Sofia, exploration will be conducted in a concession with an area of 412 square kilometres and estimated reserves of 215 million tons. (macauhub/AO)