Chinese company builds road to link Angolan provinces of Cabinda and Zaire

20 June 2007

Luanda, Angola, 20 June – The Angolan provinces of Cabinda and Zaire are scheduled to be linked by road within the next four years due to the construction of a road and a bridge over the rover Zaire, according to Angolan news agency Angpop.

Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation, which is in charge of the work, presented the governments of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo with several proposals of different values at a ceremony held in Soyo municipality, in Zaire province.

Known as Cabinda Link, the Chinese company presented four models with differing characteristics and costs, all of which pass through the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country which borders Angola to the north and east.

The plan is being analyzed by the countries for approval of one of the four models, the values of which vary between US$2 billion and US$3 billion.

The longest road model – model D – is 260 kilometers long with 119 kilometers passing through the Congo and includes a bridge that is 1,200 meters long and 47 meters high, and is expected to cost US$3 billion.

Model A (the shortest and cheapest) has a road 71 kilometers long, 38 of which in the Congo – and a bridge that is 17 kilometers long and its construction is estimated to cost over US$2 billion. (macauhub)