The Luanda refinery loaded road tankers hired by the cement plants of the China International Fund (CIF), which acquired 35 cubic metres of fuel, and the cement factory of Kwanza Sul (FCKS), which bought 38 cubic meters of heavy fuel oil, said Angolan state oil company Sonangol.
The loading carried out last Friday, according to a statement, brings an end to constraints and operational roadblocks that began in 2003, with work at the port of Luanda, which affected and brought the company’s storage and sales facilities to a standstill and prevented the supply of that type of fuel to some customers, including the cement plants.
Sonangol added in the statement that the process of supplying the product saw new developments in 2007 with the creation of a pipeline that connected the refinery to cement factory Nova Cimangola, which at the time was the only customer for fuel oil in Angola.
In 2015, with the construction of new cement plants, other clients, such as FCKS, received the product through the Lobito facilities but in the following year, in 2016, there was a trade agreement between the cement plants to use the tanks and installations of Nova Cimangola for fuel supply, a procedure that continued until February of this year.
“During this period, the decision to increase the operational capability of the Luanda refinery, which has been implemented in recent months, has allowed the subsidiary of Sonangol to provide fuel oil and other oil derivatives in a direct and consistent way to cement plants and other customers,” the document said.
The Kwanza Sul Cement Plant (FCKS), which halted production due to an alleged lack of fuel oil to produce clinquer, is expected to start operating within 50 days, as a “result of successful negotiations with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Construction,” the company said in a statement released in Luanda. (macauhub)