Cement production in Mozambique is expected to increase this year from just over 2 million tonnes to 5.3 million tonnes, with the commissioning of three new plants, the national director for industry said Tuesday in Maputo.
Abelardo Mateus Matusse also said that the three cement plants – CIFMoz and Limak Cement, both in the province of Maputo and Fábrica de Cimentos de Cabo Delgado – which will start operating before the end of the year, represent a joint investment of US$130 million.
Matusse, who spoke about new cement industry regulations recently approved by the Cabinet, noted the cement sector has been the fastest growing in recent years, both in terms of production and licensing requests.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Matusse said that increased demand for cement in the construction industry was a decisive factor in attracting investments, which over the last four years have led to a doubling of the number of cement plants.
Mozambique currently has 11 cement plants, the most important of which is Cimentos de Mozambique with production units in the provinces of Maputo, Sofala and Nampula.