The reconstruction project of the Moçâmedes Railway, underway since 2006 by the China Hyway group, was provisional completed and delivered Friday to the Angolan government, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
Over nearly 10 years China Hyway built 56 stations along a railway line of over 800 kilometres, from Namibe to Kuando Kubango, passing through Huila province, three of which are so-called special stations, Saco Mar (Namibe), Lubango (Huíla) and Menongue (Kuando Kubango ) and seven first class stations.
Eleven second class stations and 35 third class stations were also built as part of the project that included replacing the entire railway line and repairing the Jamba and Tchamutete branchlines, and other ancillary works.
At the delivery the ceremony, the Director-General of China Hyway, Wei Ruihai, pointed out that this railway will promote development of the Namibe and Menongue transport, transit and logistics corridors, facilitating agriculture and industry and economic growth along the line.
The formal act of provisional acceptance of the project took place in the municipality of Matala, Huila province, with the president of the Moçâmedes Railway, Daniel Quipaxe saying that the ceremony marked the relaunch of rail activity in the region. (macauhub/AO)