Angola: Railroad to link Namibe port to Walvis Bay in Namibia

3 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 3 Jan – Angolan and Namibian technicians are working on a project to build a railroad linking the ports of Walvis Bay (Namibia) and Namibe (Angola), according to website Angola Acontece.

According to the report on the site, the two countries plan for goods that go to Namibia by boat from Angola from Namibe port to be taken there by rail instead, and the same would happen for products leaving Walvis Bay for Angola.

There are also common projects for the two countries, namely in the agricultural and electricity sectors. The Kalweke dam, in Namibia, will electrify the areas of Onjiva and Xangongo in Cunene province, and Matala, Gahama and Lubango in Huila province and the port of Namibe, all in the south of Angola.

For the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) there is a long term integrated electrification project, in the so called western corridor, based on the Inga hydroelectric dam (Democratic Republic of the Congo), linking Angola, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

An Eastern corridor is also planned which will travel from Inga to Lumbumbashi (south of the DR Congo) to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

The projects are part of a more ambitious program and in the long term are part of the plans of the New Partnership for African Economic Development (Nepad), which also includes construction of airports, ports, railroads, joint exploration of water, agricultural, flora, fauna and road resources. (macauhub)