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Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:53 - Updated Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:53

Coke recommended to reduce cement production cost

Luanda - Cement industries should invest in mineral coal in the production of clinker, as it is six times cheaper than the Light Fuel Oil (LFO) currently used in Angolan plants.

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AIA president José Severino

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Luanda's Bom Jesus cement plant facing difficulties due to lack of fuels

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This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the head of the Angolan Industrial Association (AIA), José Severino, who said the Angolan State-run Oil Company (Sonangol) sells one cubic metre of LFO at Usd 545, against Usd 190 paid for one ton of mineral coal.

Speaking to the press about the new challenges facing the Angolan cement industry, José Severino said mineral coal is actually the new alternative fuel in cement production.

The official said AIA helped obtain a tax exemption on import and consumption of clinker (main raw material in the manufacture of cement), but the coming customs tariff will bring no such benefit, because the country has enough limestone and clay.

He recommended that a higher investment be made in coke -fuelled kilns with a view to a major competitiveness and greater revenues for the country.

He explained that the transportation of cement to the country’s southern region has high costs and the construction of kilns in southwestern Namibe province could be a solution.

The official recommended cement manufacturers to get rid of the eternal dependence on liquid fuels and seek other solutions and mineral coal is a solution.

Severino explained that in the case of Angola, clinker should be manufactured by plants with mineral coal-propelled kilns rather than other liquid fuels.

The rise in the LFO price led to greater operational costs of the Luanda, Benguela and Cuanza Sul cement plants,  resulting in unsustainable activity, paralysation of three factories and hiking of consumer price.

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