The government of Angola has approved the acquisition of diesel multiple units (DMU) from Brazilian group Andrade Gutierrez to improve the rail service and suburban mobility inn Luanda, according to a presidential order.
DMU’s are trains that do not need a separate locomotive engine as the diesel engine is incorporated into one or more carriages.
The order authorising the purchase agreement, signed by the Ministry of Transport with Andrade Gutierrez, does not specify the model of DMU to be purchased, only that they will be used in the suburban section of the Luanda Railroad (CFL), between the stations of Bungo and Baía.
The acquisition of these trains, for delivery in 2016, will cost Angola US$123.3 million, according to the order cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The renewal of the rolling stock is considered a priority by CFL management, and currently consists of five operating locomotives and 189 Chinese-made units, including 87 wagons and 45 carriages, among others.
As well as the suburban area, CFL connects the centre of Luanda to Malange province in the north of Angola, over a distance of 428 kilometres built over a century ago and rebuilt in 2011 by Chinese companies with funding from China. (macauhub/AO/CN)