Angola: Rebuilding of Luanda and Benguela railroads set to finish in 2011

12 August 2008

Beijing, China, 12 Aug – Reconstruction work on the Luanda and Benguela railroads will conclude in 2011, the chairman of China Railway 20th Century Group Corporation, Yu Wenzhong, told Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos Sunday.

Dos Santos held talks during a Beijing visit with the executive from the firm that is rebuilding the two Angolan lines. Work on the 450 kilometer section between Luanda and Malanje will be completed 25 August. The Chinese firm says it will complete a 300 kilometer stretch in Benguela in the near future.

More than 500 kilometers of the Benguela line will be finished by the end of the year. Angolan state news agency Angop said Yu has pledged his company will provide free maintenance of the Benguela and Luanda lines. (macauhub)