The China International Fund and the Kwanza Sul Cement Plant (FCKS) from 10 November will be able to buy the fuel they need directly from the Luanda refinery without having to purchase it through their competitor Nova Cimangola, the Minister of Construction and Public Works announced on Tuesday in Luanda.
Minister Manuel Tavares de Almeida made the announcement during a visit to Nova Cimangola and the Luanda refinery, where he observed the heavy fuel oil supply line to the cement factories that have come to a standstill due to lack of fuel.
Jornal de Angola reported that the line that supplies the heavy fuel oil to Nova Cimangola will now also supply the production units of the China International Fund and the Kwanza Sul cement plant.
The minister, quoted by the newspaper, said he had received assurances that from 10 November the companies can acquire the fuel directly, and the two plants can start operating again.
The board of the Kwanza Sul Cement Plant (FCKS), which last Wednesday halted production, said it expected to start operating within 50 days, as a “result of successful negotiations with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Construction.”
The period of 50 days mentioned is the time needed to bring foreign staff back on board, according to the FCKS statement. (macauhub)