The first train carrying 50 containers loaded with manganese from the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to arrive in the Angolan port of Lobito in March after being initially scheduled to arrive on Monday, 19 February, according to a source from the Benguela Railroad (CFB) in Moxico.
The source told Angolan news agency Angop that everything was ready to receive the train laden with ore from the Kisenge mining region in the province of Katanga, and the railway’s management company had already sent container wagons to pack and transport the manganese to the port of Lobito, from where it will be exported by sea.
The shipment of ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which will be the first for over 30 years, takes place at a time when the CFB branch line is already in place, as far as the cross-border railway bridge over the Luau River.
The border municipality of Luau, in Angola’s Moxico province, is the gateway and location of the first station of the CFB in eastern Angola, whose final destination is Lobito, in Benguela province. The route is 1,344 kilometres long and it is possible to reach the cities of Beira (Mozambique) and Dar-es-Salam (Tanzania) via Zambia’s railway lines. (macauhub)