Angola is expected to record production of 357,000 cubic metres of ornamental rock in the 2017-2021 period, with the launch of ten new quarries, five of which last Thursday, the minister of Geology and Mines said on Friday in the city of Lubango.
Francisco Queiroz said during a seminar on ornamental rocks that the expected production will make it possible to export around 286,000 cubic metres of rock in five years and estimated revenues of US$66 million.
Angola currently has 12 cutting and polishing factories, five of which in Huíla province, three in Namibe, two in Luanda, one in Benguela and the other in Zaire.
“The production of ornamental rocks, which includes granite, marble, shale-quartz and limestone, in the 2012/2016 five-year period was 215,500 cubic metres,” said the minister, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop.
Last Thursday, five new ornamental rock quarries were inaugurated in the municipalities of Chibia and Gambos, in southern Huíla province, where Galingol, HM Granitos, Rupsil and Filhos, will cut and process black granite. (macauhub)