Trains on the Benguela Railroad (CFB) in Angola are scheduled to arrive in the Luau municipality, on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), next August, an engineer from the China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation said Friday in the city of Luena.
Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the official said that of the 334 kilometres of railroad linking Luena to Luau, 150 kilometres of track had yet to be laid, and that the bridges over the Lumeji and Mucussueji rivers had already been completed.
Trains have travelled along the CFB between Cuito (Bié province) and Luena (Moxico province) and vice-versa since August 2012 (around 400 kilometres), initially once a week, which was increased in December to twice a week.
The Benguela railroad is 1,332 kilometres long between the city of Lobito, on the Atlantic coast, to Luau and a further 1,344 kilometres to the border.
The engineer also told Angop that the group planned to launch agricultural projects in Moxico province, starting in august of this year, after finishing repairs on the Benguela Railroad.
Two technicians travelled to the future Camaiangala agricultural project, over 70 kilometres north of Luena, where they collected soil samples.
The launch of the new project, which has no budget as yet, will depend on the results of tests on the soil samples at Chinese laboratories, as well as the on a contract being signed in the next few months with the Angolan Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development. (macauhub)