Locomotives start arriving in Angola to strengthen the rail network

7 December 2016

The first batch of 15 locomotives that will strengthen the capacity of Caminhos-de-Ferro de Angola arrived in the country at the end of November, the minister of Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás announced on Tuesday in Luanda.

The minister said the locomotives were unloaded at the ports of Luanda, Lobito and Namibe in order to go into service for rail companies Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda (CFL), Caminhos-de-Ferro de Benguela (CFB) and Caminhos-de-Ferro de Moçâmedes (CFM).

The government of Angola has ordered 100 GE C30-ACi locomotives from US group General Electric, in deal worth US$453.6 million.

At the end of a meeting with the provincial governor of Luanda, Higino Carneiro, to look at the future of the road and rail transport sector in the capital, the minister stressed efforts were underway to modernise and expand freight capacity, “as it is a strategic activity to promote the production of goods and services in agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry, the mining industry and manufacturing and, above all, in terms of trade.”

Augusto da Silva Tomás, quoted by news agency Angop, also announced that other means of public transport, including passenger, cargo and mixed are being built in China, respecting “the social and cultural specifics of Angolans and the state of main, secondary and tertiary roads.”

The minister specified these were vehicles for urban, inter-municipal and inter-provincial transport, that have reinforced axle shafts, motors and other appropriate accessories such as special filters, based on the current state of the roads.

With regard to the capital, Tomás said there were a number of rail projects already approved by the government, intended to address the high concentration of population in various neighbourhoods and urban districts. (macauhub)