Angolan government invests US$4 billion in 10-year rail plan

14 December 2005

Luanda, Angola, 14 Dec – The government plan for a national railway system in Angola will cost US$4 billion and be ready in 2016, the latest edition of weekly Angolan newspaper Jornal Angolense de Luanda reported.

The paper, which quotes Minister of Transport André Luís Brandão, said the plan includes rebuilding existing lines as well as building a new one to link Luanda to the northern enclave of Cabinda, via Uíge and Zaire (Northeastern provinces of Angola).

Brandão told the newspaper that the country’s three main rail lines –
Luanda – Malange, Lobito – Moxico (known as the Benguela railroad) and Namibe – Menongue (in the south of Angola) – would be rebuilt in order to provide international links with Angola’s neighboring countries.

He told Jornal Angolense that it was necessary to create a transport system which, given the size of the country, would make it possible to transport large amounts of goods or equipment over long distances. (macauhub)