Cimpor to expand presence in Mozambique

Cimpor - Nelso Silva - Wikimedia CommonsProduction from the new facility will replace imported clinker. (Image source: Nelso Silva/Wikimedia Commons)Cimentos de Moçambique, a subsidiary of Portuguese cement producer Cimpor, has announced plans to invest US$250mn in a new integrated cement plant in Nacala, Mozambique

The new facility is expected to start functioning from 2018. A statement issued by the company said, “The new capacity to be installed increases the efficiency of the response to local demand for cement, while Cimentos de Moçambique recognises its role in driving the sustainable economic development of the Nacala region.”

The company’s assets in Nacala include two grinding units and limestone reserves for which it has an extraction licence. The addition of a cement kiln to the current infrastructure is expected to add 1.5mn tonnes of annual capacity when it comes online in 2018. Cimpor said that the on-site production would eradicate the need for imported clinker.

According to Cimpor, Cimentos de Moçambique has been producing cement since 1920. Its current footprint in Mozambique includes an integrated cement production plant in Matola and four grinding plants in different locations. Cimentos de Moçambique has a cement production capacity of 3.1mn tonnes per year and a workforce of 1,200 people.

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