Construction of a new cement plant in Magude district, in the southern province of Maputo, Mozambique, will begin next year, according to provincial director of Trade and Industry, Fanieta Manjate.
The project, which had been expected to start construction in June this year according to local press, is being developed by Chinese company "Africa Great Wall Cement Manufacturer".
Manjate stated that the Environmental Impact Study has already been approved, and families living in the area are being relocated to make way for the development of the project.
The plant will have a capacity of 0.5Mta when it starts operating at end-2012 or beginning of 2013.
Other Chinese investments in the Mozambique cement market include a 0.8Mta plant in Salamanga, in the southern-most district of Matutuine, in Maputo province. GS Cement is also developing a 0.55Mta facility in Boane.
The country’s largest producer, Cimentos de Mocambique (part of Portugal’s Cimpor group) is currently upgrading its factories in Matola, Dondo and Nacala.
A new factory is also reportedly being constructed in Sofala province as local investors respond to growing consumption needs.