The factory of the China International Fund (CIF), located in the Bom Jesus area, on the outskirts of Luanda, has resumed cement production, after four months of downtime, as a result of lack of fuel to produce clinker, reported the Angolan press.
With the re-launch of production at CIF, a plant with an annual production capacity of 3.6 million tonnes of cement, the largest in the country, the market will start receiving cement again in December, as the plant is currently working just to replenish stocks.
The Kwanza Sul Cement Factory (FCKS), with an installed capacity of 1.5 million tonnes of cement per year, is currently recruiting staff, in particular foreign workers, so that production can be resumed at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
FCKS, which started operating in 2014, halted its activity on 1 November, due to a lack of fuel, which was supplied by its competitor Nova Cimangola.
Following the halt in production of both this facility and the one in Bom Jesus, the two started being directly supplied with fuel from the Luanda refinery, a decision made after meetings with the government.
With the factories of CIF, Nova Cimangola, FCKS (Kwanza Sul), Secil and Cimenforte (Benguela), Angola will return to production of 8.6 million tonnes per year, becoming self-sufficient in cement once again.