Port of Lobito, Angola, to export mining products from DR Congo and Zambia

21 August 2014

The port of Lobito is to prepare to receive mining products from Katanga, DR Congo and Zambia, carried there along the Benguela railway, the president of the company that manages the Commercial Port of Lobito said Wednesday.

Anapaz Neto also told Angolan news agency Angop that to receive mining production from Katanga and Zambia, the port had invested in building a terminal for ore with a 310-metre dock, a total area of ​​200,000 square metres and capacity to receive ships up to 50,000 GRT.

The president of the Commercial Port of Lobito noted that the ore terminal has an operational capacity of 3.6 million tons per year.

The port of Lobito, first built in 1928, is closely linked with the Benguela railway and connects the Atlantic Ocean to landlocked countries and through them to the Indian Ocean.

Last week, China Railway Construction finished rebuilding the Benguela railway line, which is 1,344 kilometres long and stretches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the company, the project, which involved reconstruction of 67 stations and will allow a maximum train speed of 90 kilometres per hour and 20 million tons of cargo per year, cost the Angolan state US$1.83 billion.

Construction of the line by Portugal began in 1899, the connection to Luau was completed in 1929 and in 1931 the port of Lobito received by the first rail shipment of copper from Katanga. (macauhub/AO/CN)