Total of 560 kilometres of Benguela railroad, Angola rebuilt

29 January 2010

Benguela, Angola, 29 Jan– The Benguela railroad in Angola already has 560 kilometres of rebuilt and modernised track, the director of management company Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), Daniel Quipaxe said in Benguela.

According to Quipaxe, who was speaking on the sidelines of the visit by the prime minister of the regional government of Kuazulu Natal, Zweli Mkhze, rebuilding work on the Benguela railroad was advancing well and may be concluded in March, 2012.

Recuperation and modernisation of the Benguela railroad is expected to make it possible to transport an average of 4 million passengers and over 20 million tonnes of cargo per year.

As well as the railroad stations are being built to process cargo.

The Benguela railroad was set up in 1903 by a consortium between Portugal, Belgium and England, with a view to transporting ore from countries such as Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, as well as other countries that are now part of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

The track, which is 1,344 kilometres long links the port of Lobito, on the Atlantic coast, to the border town of Luau, in Eastern Angola. (macauhub)