The complete reconstruction of the Benguela railroad will make it possible to transport ore, minerals and other goods to and from countries in the Southern African Development Community, Angola’s Transport Minister said Wednesday in Luanda.
Before leaving Luanda for Moxico, where he is due to take an experimental journey on the Benguela Railroad (CFB) on the Luena-Luau section, Minister Augusto da Silva Tomás also said that “Zambia, the DR Congo ad other countries in the region are interested in a rail link with Angola, in order to transport their mining products to the port of Lobito.”
“What is important to remember is that Angola is doing its part, our experimental journey ends in the Luau municipality, the last CFB station, which is expected to link the rail network to the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the minister told Angolan news agency Angop.
According to Augusto Tomás, the DRC is very interested in this railroad as it will help avoid a situation in which its mining products have to travel for thousands of kilometres to reach Mozambique, South Africa or Tanzania for export.
According to a statement from the Transport Ministry, the journey will begin at Luena station and end in the town of Luau some 334 kilometres away, with stops at seven other stations due to be inaugurated on the way.
The Benguela Railroad begins at the port of Lobito and extends over 1,344 kilometres to Luau. The train operated in Luau for the last time in 1983, two years after train journeys to the Democratic Republic of Congo border were brought to a standstill.
Construction of this line began on 1 March 1903 and was concluded on 2 February 1929. In August 2012 the link between Lobito and the city of Luena, the capital of Moxico province, was re-established. (macauhub)