Materials for Moçâmedes railroad arrive in Angola

11 April 2006

Lubango, Angola, 11 April – The first lot of equipment for reconstruction of the Moçâmedes railroad (CFM) has arrived in the port of Namibe, the governor of Huíla province, Ramos da Cruz, said Monday in Lubango.

Cruz said that at least 200 heavy machines were part of the first lot of equipment from China and said that other ships transporting materials for the railroad work were already on their way to Angola.

Cruz reiterated the impact the Moçâmedes railroad would have on the provinces of Huíla, Namibe and Kuando-Kubango, which will be linked by the railroad.

The reconstruction and modernization of CFM, work on which began on January 13 this year, are estimated to cost US$1.2 billion.

The first steps of the project began in March, with de-mining of the route of the railway.

The local authorities expect that within 16 months over 2 million passengers and 15 million tons of cargo will travel along the railroad every year. (macauhub)