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Country Report Angola

  • Published: August 2014
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

China Railway Construction, one of China's largest construction companies, has completed its rehabilitation of Angola's Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), according to the Chinese state news agency, Xinhua.

The CFB was built over 100 years ago, but fell into disrepair during the 1975-2002 civil war. Rehabilitation, financed by a Chinese credit line, began in 2004. The 1,344-km railroad stretches from the Atlantic deepwater port of Lobito, where there is also a new oil refinery under construction, to Angola's eastern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There are plans to link the CFB to the rail system in the DRC with a view to making it a major artery to move copper and other Congolese minerals, most of which are currently trucked to South Africa to ports such as Richards Bay, thousands of kilometres away. With 67 stations, nearly all built from scratch, many just a few metres from crumbling colonial relics next to old platforms, the line has a design speed of 90 km per hour, which is one of Africa's fastest. The line will be fully operational by year-end, it has been reported, and aims to carry 20m tonnes of cargo and 4m passengers a year. However, although READ MORE >

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