Angola: Reconstruction of Luanda railroad concluded in August

22 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 22 Jan – The Luanda Railroad (CFL), reconstruction of which began in October 2003, is due to go into complete operation as of August this year, when its restoration is expected to be concluded, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

In an interview with the agency, the director of the project for rebuilding the CFL, Paulo Cuanza, said that refurbishment of the stations at Bungo and construction of those at Musseques and Viana, as well as construction of eight new sub-stations were in their final phase.

The official said that the Cazenga workshop was 80 eprecnt concluded and that this month restoration of 12 kilometers of railroad began between Viana and Baía and razing the area where the line connecting Musseques to Bungo will be built.

According to Cuanza, the line on the interior of the Port of Luanda and which will be the link with the general railroad system is also being rebuilt, as is the CFL headquarters building.

the Luanda Railroad is being refurbished by Chinese company CMEC-TEC and so far 14 kilometers of the line between Musseques and Viana have been rebuilt, allowing suburban and express trains to run since May and November 2007.

The total cost of reactivating the line is expected to be US$90 million, including training and acquisition of equipment. (macauhub)