Chinese ship arrives in Angola with materials for rebuilding Benguela railroad

14 February 2006

Lobito, Angola, 14 Feb – A ship carrying 30,000 tons of materials from China for rebuilding the Benguela Railroad (Caminhos-de-Ferro de Benguela – CFB) arrived Monday in the Port of Lobito (Benguela), a representative of the Chinese company that will rebuild the railroad said Tuesday.

The CFB, a railroad which crosses Angola from its Atlantic coast to its eastern border, is due to have been entirely rebuilt by August 2007, contributing to the development of this region of southern Africa.

The Benguela railroad stretches for 1,304 kilometers between Lobito (Benguela) and Luau (Moxico) in the East of Angola.

The rebuilding of the railway line, estimated to cost US$300 million, due to be undertaken by a Chinese consortium is scheduled to be finished in 20 months.

The director general of the Port of Lobito, José Carlos Gomes, said his company would be working 24 hours per day in order to deal with the demands of rebuilding the CFB.

The Angolan authorities estimate that the CFB will have around 50 trains running on it per day, at an average speed of 80 kilometers per hour, which will make it possible to transport four million passengers and 20 million tons of goods per year. (macauhub)