Angola: Oil company Total funds construction of four bridges

27 August 2008

Luanda, Angola, 27 Aug – Four bridges in the provinces of Zaire, Uige, Malanje and Moxico being built since 2006 are funded by oil company Total, in an estimated investment of US$4 million, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

According to a statement from Total, the project is being carried out in conjunction with Sonangol and the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA), with the aim of contributing to the reconstruction of road infrastructures.

The bridges will serve to link several communities that were previously inaccessible due to the poor state of existing roads.

The bridges are being built over the river Luculo, in Zaire province, Fiche, in Uige province, Mufuma, in Malanje province, and Lumege, in Moxico province.

The bridges, which vary between 20 and 40 metres long and 6 to 8 metres wide, with two lanes, and capacity to support up to 40 tonnes.

The work is being carried out by Angolan technicians and is expected to be finished by the end of the year due to difficulties in accessing the areas and re-directing the course of the rivers to finish the work.

So far two bridges have been finished over the river Luculo and the river Mufuma, and the other two bridges are in their final stages of construction. (macauhub)