Portugal’s EMEF and Bombardier join forces to refurbish Angolan trains

1 February 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 01 Feb – Canada’s Bombardier and Portugal’s EMEF, the railway maintenance company of state railroad company CP – Comboios de Portugal, have joined forces to compete for the concession to refurbish trains and locomotives in Angola, Portuguese daily newspaper Diário de Notícias reported.

According to the paper, the two companies’ interest is currently centered on refurbishment projects for the Benguela, Moçâmedes and Lobito railroads.

The two companies are currently awaiting the result of a public tender for refurbishing five General Electric locomotives, valued at 3.4 million euros.

According to Diário de Notícias the chairman of EMEF, Vítor Távora, the maintenance company is competing for the concession with South African and Indian companies.

The refurbishment of Angola’s rolling stock represents an investment of around US$40 million.

For Távora, “this is the right time to return to the Angolan market,” not only due to the opportunities available through rehabilitation projects, but also because “it will absorb the excess staff from diesel technology.”

The change of Portuguese rolling stock from diesel to electricity has meant that diesel technicians over the last few years have represented 700 lay offs by CP. (macauhub)