Mozambique: cement factory cuts pollution

Mozambique: cement factory cuts pollution
Published: 21 July 2009

The Maputo cement factory in the southern Mozambican city of Matola inaugurated a bag filter that will reduce the emission of pollutants that has long characterized this factory.

The factory is owned by Cimentos de Mocambique (Cements of Mozambique), in which the main shareholder is Cimpor, and it has an extremely poor environmental record. Frequently cement dust, and often it carpeted the area near the factory, much to the annoyance of Matola residents and of other nearby, less polluting industries.

The company claims that the investment to clean up the cement factory’s emissions cost about five million US dollars, and is part of an environmental plan the company is implementing.

The bag filter will not only prevent dust from escaping in the atmosphere, but will allow the factory to recover and use it, thus reducing waste.