Angola due to receive railway equipment ordered from China this year

15 August 2011

Lobito, Angola, 15 Aug – Angola is this year due to receive rolling stock for the country’s railways ordered from China, Angola’s transport minister Augusto Tomás said in Benguela Friday.

The minister said that the orders had been made last year adding that, while waiting for the delivery, the government had secured equipment that was due to be sold to South Africa’s railways.

Tomás, who in Lobito Friday delivered 20 passenger carriages with 64 seats each and two 650 KVA generators, recently imported from South Africa, noted that the country currently has 74 completed railway stations, most of which are located in Lobito, Benguela, Huambo, Cunje (Bié) and Luena.

This rolling stock, the minister said, was undergoing tests and technical maintenance to carry passengers and goods to the centre and east of the country.

The arrival of the Benguela Railroad to the central region, and later to the eastern border, according to Augusto Tomás is a driver for growth of the country’s economy.

He also said that, next year, the train would reach Luau, in Moxico province, on the border with Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (macauhub)