A consortium made up of companies Andrade Gutierrez and Zagope Angola will supply 10 diesel locomotives under a contract worth US$169.37 million signed with the National Institute of Railways of Angola (INCFA), Angolan news agency Angop reported.
The agreement, which stipulates the provision of two years of technical assistance to the 10 locomotives from Germany and China, was signed by the deputy director general of INCFA, Aimé Tombuele, and the director of Andrade Gutierrez, Júlio Oliveira, and witnessed by the minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu.
The locomotives will circulate on the Bungo/Baía line, in the province of Luanda, in the service of Caminhos-de-Ferro de Luanda, and Júlio Oliveira said they are modern and bi-directional vehicles, with four carriages, two automotive and others for transport, with a top speed of 100 km per hour.
As part of Angola’s reconstruction and modernisation process, the government has since acquired 102 new locomotives, including 23 from China and 79 from General Electric, in the United States.
At the ceremony, the Spanish ambassador to Angola, Manuel Rui Gómez, announced that his country had granted financing of 97 million euros for the construction of the workshops for the maintenance of these locomotives.
Located in Catete, municipality of Icolo and Bengo, province of Luanda, the workshops will take two years to build, and, when completed, will create 100 jobs. (Macauhub)