Scheduled for completion in the first months of next year, the project will use salt in bars for livestock, while salt in tablets will be used in the chemical industry to produce bleach. According to Angop, the initiative also covers the construction of a 1500 square meter warehouse, formed by a sales and storage area.
Production, which currently stands at 10 tons per year, is expected to increase with the completion of the project: the company will be capable of producing 240 tons of salt per day, that is, approximately 6000 tons per month, writes Angop.
According to the general director of the salt factory, Alaa Kassem, initially the salt produced will be destined for sale on the national market. However, exports are also part of future plans, with forecasts for exports to neighboring countries, such as Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
Quoted by Angop, Alaa Kassem also made it known that one of the company's main goals is to achieve self-sufficiency with regard to the production of refined salt at a regional level.
According to a statement from the Provincial Government of Bengo, to which VerAngola had access, the provincial governor, Maria Antónia Nelumba, visited, on Tuesday, production units in the salt, agricultural and aquaculture sectors, based in the municipality of Dande.
One of these units was Sal Sarico, which employs 98 workers, most of whom are nationals. According to the note, the implementation of the refinery will allow "an increase in the workforce by another 60 employees".
Other companies in the salt industry visited by the governor were Salframar. "Salframar is undergoing restructuring, with a forecast of reaching the target of 5000 tons per year and 100 employees in 2024, is currently operating with 70 national jobs, producing around 45 percent of its target", says the statement from the provincial government.
Maria Antónia Nelumba also visited the "Turiagro farms in Porto Quipiri, Jorge Semedo and the Quinta do Bagre, Lulay and King Salomão aquaculture projects".