Angola: Some sections of Moçâmedes Railroad already complete

5 March 2009

Luanda, Angola, 5 March – Reconstruction of the 505 kilometres of line of the Moçâmedes railroad between the Angolan provinces of Huíla and Cuando Cubango is due to be concluded by next July, the vice-president of the Chinese company responsible for the work said in Luanda.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, Wei Kui gave that guarantee in Jamba, Huíla province, on delivering a stretch of 89 kilometres of completed railroad between Matala and Dongo.

Totalling 903 kilometres, the railroad between Namibe (former Moçâmedes) and Menongue (Cuando Cubango) was almost totally destroyed during the country’s civil war, having been one of Angola’s most important railway lines in the colonial period.

The Moçâmedes line, along with the Luanda line (CFL), between the capital and Malange, and the Benguela line (CFB), which links the port of Lobito to the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, are one of the Angola’s government’s priorities as part of the National Reconstruction Programme, which has been underway since 2004 with the financial support of credit lines opened up by China.

By 2010, according to government estimates, the three main Angolan railroads are expected to be in operation. (macauhub)