Angola: China’s Rites begins track laying for Moçamedes railroad

13 August 2008

Lubango, Angola, 13 Aug – Track laying for the rebuilding of the Moçamedes railroad began last week in the municipality of Matala towards Menongue, capital of Kuando Kubango province, over a 600 kilometer section.

The reconstruction of the Moçamedes line is scheduled for completion by December and is using equipment to lay 25 meter track sections, which allows two kilometers of line to be completed daily, state news agency Angop reported.

During the laying of track in the direction of Monongue, from Matala, an engineering team from Rites has started rebuilding the line between Matala and Namibe, via Lubango, over a section of 308 kilometers.

When this stretch of line is concluded, at a still unspecified date, track will be laid from Matala to Namibe over a 908 kilometer length linking three provinces in the south of Angola.

Launching work on the Moçamedes railroad, the company’s director, Julio Bango, congratulated Rites’ management for their endeavor in carrying out the project, taking into account difficulties faced in rebuilding from scratch.

In turn, project manager Wei Sheng said Rites would complete the project on schedule and to the required international standards.

Reconstruction of the Moçamedes railroad began in 2005 and is scheduled to conclude in 2010. (macauhub)