The start of exploration of phosphate deposits in Zaire province turn Angola from a n importer of fertilisers for agriculture to an exporter, said the provincial director of Geology and Mines.
Adão Sofia told Angolan news agency Angop that exploration of phosphate rock will initially produce 500,000 tons of fertilisers per year, 300,000 tons for the domestic market and 200,000 for export.
In a second phase another 800,000 tons will be added to the initial 500,000 early, with the existing reserves in the municipality Tomboco estimated at 215 million tons, 123 million tons of proven phosphate rock and 92 million tons inferred.
António Mota, managing director of Vale Fertil, the Angolan subsidiary of Israeli group LR, said in 2015 that the company would invest US$130 million in this initial stage. He added that the company expects to transform the rocks into phosphates for fertiliser and export the raw rock to South America and Israel.
This Vale Fertil project will be located in the same place where the old factory was operating. The old equipment and facilities of the company that began exploring phosphates in 1979 and stopped in 1983 due to civil war are still visible. (macauhub/AO)