Angola: Reconstruction of Luanda railroad by Chinese company, concluded in November

28 August 2008

Luanda, Angola, 28 Aug – The reconstruction of the Luanda railroad (CFL), which has been underway since 2003, will be concluded by next November, with the restoration of two kilometres of railway between Bungo and Texatang and 12 kilometres between Viana and Baía, the company’s project director said in Luanda.

Estimated to cost around US$90 million the reconstruction project for the Luanda railroad is being carried out by Chinese company CMEC-TEC.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Paulo Cuenza said that reconstruction of the first section depended on construction of two subways for people to cross the line in the Boavista area, where work, which is the responsibility of the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) and is being carried out by Brazilian company, Empresa Sul-americana de Montagens (Emsa).

According to Cuenza, the four stations and eight sub-stations along the railroad are ready.

By November, he said, all work related to the project is scheduled for completion, including construction of 25 bridges for pedestrians, repairing the Cazenga workshop, putting 12 automatic barriers in place, signals, installing sound and communications systems, amongst other jobs.

He added that the CFL headquarters building had been restored and was now awaiting the installation of a communication system.

As a result of work already carried out on the railroad, the train, which had not travelled in 10 years started operating again in May 2007, but only between Musseques and Viana. (macauhub)

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