Angola has capacity to produce more cement than it uses

28 June 2016

Angola’s cement industry currently has an installed production capacity of 8 million tons per year, which is 2 million tons more than domestic demand, reported state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The paper said that cement production had grown exponentially over the last 14 years. The biggest investment was made by the China International Fund Angola (CIF), which installed a factory in Luanda with two production lines; one for clinker and one for cement.

The second biggest investment was made by Nova Cimangola, also in Luanda. Both plants together have a production capacity of over 5 million tons, according to figures from the Ministry of Industry.

The Fábrica de Cimento do Cuanza Sul (Kwanza Sul Cement Factory), with an installed capacity of 1.33 million tons of clinker and 1.4 million tons of cement per year, is another of the large investments made in the sector.

The pioneer in Angola’s cement industry is Secil Lobito, which started operating in 1952 under the name Companhia de Cimentos de Angola. Over the years it has undergone a number of changes.

Despite its age the plant, which is currently 49 percent owned by the Angolan State, has modern equipment, with the exception of its filling lines.

Figures from the Ministry for Industry show that in 2014 and 2015, Nova Cimangola, Fábrica de Cimento do Cuanza Sul (FCKS), Cimenfort Industrial, China Internacional Fund Angola (CIF) and Secil Lobito, the five units operating in the country, together produced over 5 million tons of cement, which is significantly below their installed capacity.

Jornal de Angola also cited official figures showing that Cimentfort Industrial and Nova Cimangola are currently investing in expanding production. This will add 3.1 million tons of clinker to the 4.8 million tons the country now produces. (macauhub/AO)