The China Hyway Group has made the final delivery of the rail infrastructure of the Moçâmedes Railroad to the president of the company, Daniel Quipaxe, at a ceremony held on Tuesday in the city of Lubango, in Angola’s Huila province.
Angolan state news agency Angop reported the works that began in 2006 were completed in 2012, and the final delivery has only now taken place because of the need to finish some work in order to make rail traffic safer.
The work consisted of laying 967 kilometres of rails, from Namibe to Kwando Kubango, passing through Huila, the replacement of wooden sleepers with concrete ones and construction of a 105-kilometre branch line between Dongo and Tchamutete (municipality of Jamba) to ensure iron ore transport.
The project also included building 57 stations along the line, as well as the installation of a new and modern optic fibre telecommunications system and complete signalling, as well as building a new professional training centre, which is now being equipped.
The Minister of Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás, who attended the ceremony, said the act marks the beginning of a new cycle in the history of the Moçâmedes Railroad, which first began to be built in 1905, was opened to traffic in 1910, and continued to be increased until it reached Menongue (formerly Serpa Pinto) in December 1961. (macauhub)