Construction work 90% complete on cement plant in Mozambique
The new Dugong Cimentos cement plant cost US$330 million and was paid for by private Chinese investors, according to the Mozambique state-run newspaper Noticias.
When operational, the plant will employ 500 people including 400 Mozambique nationals. The plant will consume 400,000t/yr of coal and produce cement as well as clinker for grinding at other Mozambique cement plants that currently import.
During a visit to the site, Mozambique's Minister of Industry and Trade, Carlos Mesquita is reported to have stated that the commissioning the new plant should lead to a downward pressure on prices. "We recognise that this cement factory, when it comes into production, will, without a doubt, make a difference to the availability of this raw material for construction", said Mr Mesquita. "It has the great advantage in that all the material necessary to produce cement can be found in Matutuine".