The Cimenfort cement plant in Angola will double production to 1.4 million tons a year from January 2016, under the second phase of its expansion project, said the company’s project director, Guilherme Paiva.
Everything was being done to produce 1.4 million tons per year at that time, compared to 700,000 tons currently, the official told Angolan news agency Angop whilst speaking about the industrial development of the Catumbela Industrial Development Hub (PDIC), in Benguela province, where the plant is located.
Paiva said the cost of modernisation, expansion and ongoing sustainability of the cement plant would reach US$300 million by 2018, the date of completion of the third and final phase of the expansion project, which compares with US$100 million invested since 2012, the plant’s inaugural year.
The project director of Cimenfort also said that the US$200 million applied in the second and third phases, namely on the purchase and installation of an electric furnace, will enable further expansion of production from 2018, the year the third and final phase of the project is due for completion.
“We want to put together a furnace for clinker production, which is the company’s main concern, as this raw material is currently imported from Europe,” explained Paiva, a Brazilian national.
Cimenfort’s products are distributed by five major distributors in the provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Huila and Namibe, who place between 2,000 and 2,200 tons of products on the market. (macauhub/AO)