Steel industry in Angola starts producing pig iron in 2016

27 November 2015

Angolan steel company Companhia Siderúrgica do Cuchi (CSC) is due to start producing pig iron in May 2016, announced in Menongue, the governor of Kuando Kubango province, Higino Carneiro, cited by newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Much of the equipment, including the furnace that will transform iron ore and produce 96,000 tons of pig iron a year, has arrived at the port of Lobito and will be transported to the city of Cuchi, 90 kilometres south of Menongue.

Work to build the factory and a bitumen plant is almost complete and construction of workshops, a health centre, cafeteria, dormitories and residential area is underway.

“The iron will be transported by the Moçâmedes Railroad to the port of Namibe, from where it will be exported to different parts of the world,” added Carneiro.

The governor added that the second phase of the Cuchi steel project provides for the installation of two large furnaces that will triple annual production to 420,000 tons of pig iron, installing larger crushing plants and a magnetic concentration plant to make better use of the ore.”

The project also includes installation and development of a eucalyptus nursery and carbonisation units that are essential for the operation of the project, as well as a power station to ensure power supply to the plant and nearby areas.

“The project includes construction of an airport with a 2,700-metre long and 30-metre wide runway, whose earthworks phase is due to be completed in December, followed by the placement of the base and sub-base and subsequently the concrete top layer,” the governor said. (macauhub/AO)