Benguela railroad in Angola has 800 km of rebuilt line

9 June 2011

Lobito, Angola, 9 June – The Benguela railroad already has new rails along 800 kilometres of its length, the chairman of the state company that manages the railway said Tuesday in Lobito.

José Carlos Gomes, who was receiving the president of the Mozambican parliament, Verónica Nataniel Dihovo, said that work was currently underway to rebuild the remaining 500 kilometres.

Noting that the company aimed to return trains to Luau, in Moxico province at the end of 2012, Dihovo said that as well as rebuilding the railway the project included construction of 64 stations as well as many stops.

The chairman of Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela announced that new engines, carriages and trucks were due to be delivered soon and added that circulation tests were underway between the city of Lobito and Huambo, along a stretch of over 400 kilometres.

The Benguela railroad, which first started operating in February 1929, begins in the city of Lobito and crosses Angola through the provinces of Huambo, Bié and Moxico over 1,344 kilometres and is the only rail link from Central Africa to the Atlantic Ocean and links with railroads in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

Reconstruction of this railroad, funded with a credit line opened by the Chinese government, was awarded to the China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR-20). (macauhub)