The start-up of the first clinker kiln will mean that Angola’s Cimenfort will no longer need to import the product, which it has done since the cement plant was inaugurated in 2012, Angolan Industry Minister Bernarda Martins said in Catumbela, Benguela province on Monday.
According to Angolan news agency Angop, Paul Marcius Ang, director-general of Cimenfort, said that this second phase costing US$30 million has doubled installed capacity from 700,000 tonnes/year (28 million bags of cement) to 1.4 million tonnes/year.
He said the plant was designed for three phases, the first to produce 700,000 tonnes, inaugurated on August 22, 2012, the second to double production capacity (1.4 million tonnes, which began on Monday) and the third and final phase to set up the clinker mill, which may be extended until 2019.
Ang said that Angola is currently in a position to start exporting cement, bearing in mind that the country has an installed capacity of 8 million tonnes, against an annual consumption requirement of 6 million tonnes. (macauhub)