Construction of a new cement plant in Mozambique’s Tete province is expected to begin in the second half of this year, according to the country’s national director for industry, Sidonio dos Santos.
Mr Santos told local daily newspaper Noticias, that the factory would have a cement capacity of 500,000tpa and would be known as ‘Biworld International’. The plant is to be built in the Changara district and Mr Santos noted that its construction depended on another factory built by the same group of shareholders in the Chibabava district of Sofala province. This Sofala facility would have a cement capacity of 1Mta.
As the country seeks to meet increasing domestic supply-demand imbalances and reduce reliance on imports, Mr Santos noted: “The government is making efforts to increase current domestic cement production capacity, estimated at 2Mta to 7Mta in order to reduce the deficit that is increasing as time goes by.”
Along with the new factory in Tete, the Mozambican government has also authorised construction of the following cement factories: Beira (Sofala), the S and S Cimento (Matola), Africa Great Wall (Magude) and China Mozambique – Cement and Mining Development (Cheringoma).