Reconstruction of Luanda railroad in Angola concluded this year

7 July 2009

Luanda, Angola, 7 July – The reconstruction of the Luanda railroad, underway since 2003, will be concluded in the second half of this year, the Transport Minister said Monday in Luanda during a meeting with a commission of the National Assembly.

According to Augusto Tomás, who was answering questions from members of parliament in the commission for the economy and finance, the contract will be concluded this year, whilst the Moçâmedes railroad will be finished in 2010 and the Benguela railroad in 2011.

The minister also said that the work was advancing at a good rate and that currently the locomotives, trucks and other stock were being placed in the line.

Tomás also said that an institutional reform of the railroad management company Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda was underway, “given that the current model is now outdated.”

The minister also told the members of parliament about the port situation in Angola, having given assurances that construction of the port of Dande was practically concluded whilst the refurbishment of the port of Lobito was at an advanced stage, as was the port of Namibe.

The port of Namibe, which was concluded in 1957, has 870 metres of dock and is split into three areas, the biggest of which is 480 metres long and has a covered area of around 7,200 square metres for storage, made up of two warehouses. (macauhub)