Rail cargo transport from the port of Luanda, Angola launches this month

5 March 2013

Cargo transport along Angola’s railways from the port of Luanda will begin this month following a 20-year stoppage, said the commercial director of Luanda railway company Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda.

Cited by the Angolan press, Isaac Mateus said that the cargo will travel along the rebuilt railway to the city of Malanje, some 250 kilometres from the capital and, on a date that has yet to be decided, will travel from the Boa Vista terminal to Viana, a city 26 kilometres east of the capital where there is an industrial hub.

“Now that we have a railway at the port, we hope that companies will start using this means of transport instead of trucks,” Mateus said.

The Angolan government spent around US$600 million over two years, with the help of loans and workers from China, to rebuild the main railway lines out of Luanda.

Mateus said that contracts were being negotiated with Sonangol Distribuidora, of the Sonangol group, to transport butane from Luanda to Malanje and Diesel to Dondo and added that Multiparques, an Angola container company, was it biggest customer, followed by construction company Chinatec Corp, which sends gravel to Kwanza Norte province. (macauhub)