Reconstruction of Benguela railroad in Angola costs US$1.87 billion

3 January 2013

Reconstruction of the Benguela Railroad (CFB), which is due to be concluded in the first quarter of this year after trains arrive at Luau station, is expected to cost the Angolan government a total of 180 billion kwanzas (US$1.87 billion), according to Angolan news agency Angop.

The railway line, which starts in Lobito, on the Atlantic coast, and ends in Luau, in Moxico province on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is 1,032 kilometres long. The inaugural journey on the railroad took place on 17 August 2012 and commercial trains ran between the cities of Cuito (Bié province) and Luena (Moxico province), starting in the second half of November.

In 2012 reconstruction of around 400 kilometres of the CFB on the Cuito to Luena section, made it possible to launch the Sacassanje agro-livestock project. The project is an initiative of the Angolan government and managed by an Israeli company and has an annual capacity to produce over 3.6 million eggs, 38,000 kilogrammes of goat meat and 1,000 tons of horticultural products. (macauhub)