THE government says the reopening of the bitumen production plant at Indeni Refinery in Ndola will help reduce the cost of road construction in the country.
Indeni used to produce bitumen as a by-product of crude oil processing
but the plant was closed down after the machinery and equipment became
In an interview yesterday, energy permanent secretary George Zulu said
the government was spending US$20 million to refurbish the plant whose
commissioning is set for this October.
"It will have a capacity of 400 tonnes per day and this will be
sufficient for local requirements and we shall be able to export some
quantities. We are happy because the reopening of the plant will help
reduce the cost of road construction since bitumen is a major
component," said Zulu.
"The bitumen plant will have drum filling facilities and now the residue
of crude oil will be put to good use as compared to the current
situation where everything is lost after refining crude oil."
Last week, Sable Transport and Contractors managing director Iqbal Alloo
observed that non-availability of bitumen and heavy rainfall in some
parts of the country affected progress on most road works being
undertaken by the company.
by Kabanda Chulu
Source - Zambianews