Angola’s Benguela Railroad receives GE locomotives

12 January 2017

Caminhos-de-Ferro de Benguela (CFB) is the first railway company in Angola to receive new generation GE-C30-ACi locomotives, from US group General Electric, whose first 15 units of an order of 100 have arrived the country, state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

The 15 units that have arrived in Angola were sent to three railway companies – Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda, Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela and Caminhos de Ferro de Moçâmedes – and CFB was the first to receive a batch of eight.

While the Luanda Railroad is due to receive two units and the Moçâmedes Railroad has been assigned the final five, all of which have yet to be delivered. CFB has pledged to double the number of weekly journeys, from Lobito to Luau, from two to four, and double the number of passengers and amount of cargo transported.

The CFB is an important tool in the transport system that makes up the so-called Lobito Corridor, and, of the three railway companies, has absorbed the most public resources because of the extensive damage it suffered due to the country’s civil war, but above all because of its strategic importance for the country.

CFB starts in Lobito, crosses the provinces of Huambo, Bié and Moxico, to the municipality of Luau, where it links up with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Through a connection with Zambia, which requires building an extension from Moxico to the border of that country, it is possible to travel onwards to the city of Beira in Mozambique, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, by the Indian Ocean, which gives it a continental dimension.

The work involved to build the links with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia that was the responsibility of Angola has now been concluded and the links now depend on those two countries. (macauhub)