Reconstruction of Moçâmede railroad in Angola ends in December

14 January 2011

Luanda, Angola, 14 Jan – Work to rebuild Angola’s Moçâmedes railroad is due to end in December of this year, the chairman of the company responsible for the project Caminho-de-Ferro de Moçâmedes,Daniel Quipaxe said Thursday in Lubango.

Reconstruction work on the railroad was at a halt for over five months due to the international financial crisis, but re-started in November 2010 and are now due to end in December 2011.

The work covers a railway line of over 900 kilometres linking the provinces of Namibe and Kuanda Kubango, passing through Huila, and began in March 2006.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Quipaxe said that the Matala/Menongue section of the railroad was finished and that trains can travel along it at beteen 80 and 100 kilometres per hour. Work is now underway in the Matala/Quipungo/Lubango section and from there towards Namibe province.

Quipaxe also said that work on the Matala/Namibe section were estimated to cost US$200 million and covered construction, refurbishment and modernisation of all the facilities, including stations, telecommunications systems, replacing the track, buying carriages and engines. (macauhub)