Chinese group CR20 makes temporary delivery of railway in Angola

31 July 2017

The China Railway 20 Bureau Group Co (CR20) on Thursday delivered a provisional 400-kilometre section of railway between Cuito and Luena to the board of the state-run Benguela Railway Company (CFB), Angolan news agency Angop reported.

The chairman of the company, José Carlos Gomes, said on the occasion that the delivery, which marked the handover of the railway’s management, represents the end of the contract awarded to CR20, which began in January 2008.

The total rebuilding of the line, which stretches 1,344 kilometres from Lobito to Luau, along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, involved construction of 95 bridges and 67 stations, 15 of which are located on the section now handed over to the Angolan company’s management.

Gomes pointed out that since trains started circulation on the line again in 2014, the the CFB has already transported more than 2 million passengers and 95,000 tonnes of food, construction materials and other products.

The CFB line 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, in Tanzania, by the Indian Ocean, which gives the railway 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)