Green Resources will produce pulp for paper in Mozambique

25 August 2016

Norwegian company Green Resources will start producing pulp in Mozambique from 2018 in order to feed the paper industry, Arlito Cuco, a company official, told daily newspaper Notícias.

Green Resources, along with Florestas do Niassa, explores 24,000 hectares in the districts of Chimbonila, Majune, Muembe, Lago and Sanga, in the northern province of Niassa.

The company will also produce poles for power transmission lines and telecommunications, reducing the costs of imports. It already has a factory in the city of Lichinga running on an experimental basis for processing the poles.

Industrial production of pinewood and eucalyptus poles is due to start in 2017 and, according to the Green Resources business plan, the domestic market will be a priority to replace imports that are currently brought in from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

The company currently employs 860 workers in various tasks and, according to Cuco, the number of staff is expected to increase to about 1,500 people when it starts processing the wood for furniture and posts.

Green Resources is one of the largest forestry companies in Africa, with 41,000 hectares of forest in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda and operating the largest sawmill in Tanzania and charcoal production units in all three countries. (macauhub/MZ)