A shipment of 1,200 tons of copper ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived on Saturday at the port of Lobito, in Angola, where it will be shipped to Belgium, the chairman of the port infrastructure management company said.
Augustine Estêvão Felizardo, speaking at the symbolic reception ceremony for the ore at the Benguela Railway Station (CFB), said the ore shipment is waiting for the arrival of a ship in the next few days, according to the Angop news agency.
This shipment, ordered by Access World, is the second to be transported by the trains of the Benguela Railway, since just over six months ago operations of the copper mining in the mining region of Kisenge, province of Catanga, were re-launched.
“The port of Lobito intends to show the international community that these ore shipping operations are already possible,” said Felizardo, adding that the arrival of this cargo is part of the government’s intention to boost the Lobito Economic Development Corridor, through the CFB and the port of Lobito.
Luís Lopes Teixeira, president of the Benguela Railway, said that the journey of the train, with 28 wagons lasted 36 hours, starting from Luau, Moxico province, a point of connection with the trains from that neighbouring country.
The inaugural train with 25 wagons and 50 containers carrying 1,000 tons of manganese, also from the mining region of the Democratic Republic of Congo to India, arrived at the port of Lobito on 5 March, 2018, resuming cargo operations after a hiatus of more than 30 years. (macauhub)