Reconstruction of Benguela railroad in Angola cost US$528 million

3 December 2013

The reconstruction of the Benguela railroad cost over US$528 million, the Angolan Minister for Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás said Friday in the border municipality of Luau (formerly Vila Teixeira de Sousa).

The Minister told Angolan news agency Angop that the figure included reconstruction of the line, with clearing of the route and laying ballast, sleepers and rails, construction of 107 stations, as well as repairing 35 bridges along the route.

Luau is the last station on the Benguela railroad, which covers a distance of 1,344 kilometres from Lobito to the border with the democratic Republic of Congo, passing through the Angolan provinces of Benguela, Huambo, Bié and Moxico.

CFB was set up in August 1899 and the railroad started to be built 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)