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Angola’s Luanda railway to link with DRC

The Luanda railroad (CFL) may extend its railway line to the border with the DR Congo, in the town of Kananga, to be built as part of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), whose operational plan is being structured until December 2021.

According to the Secretary of State for Planning, Milton Reis, who was speaking at the usual weekly briefing, the plan sets out the phases for preparing, negotiating and launching the procedure for establishing PPPs and defines an indicative list of 41 potential investment projects to be structured as Public-Private Partnerships.

In the project to link the Luanda railroad to the border with the DRC (Kananga), the aim is to move ahead, in a first stage, with an electrical railway.

According to the government, the project will extend the northern corridor, or CFL, to the border area of the DRC, as it is a landlocked country without access to the sea, serving the Katanga region, rich in mineral resources.

From Malanje to the DRC it is approximately 1000 km.

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Another project to be included in the PPP will be the construction of the link between CFM, Namibia and Victoria Falls (Trans-Cuneen) to extend the southern corridor, in the case of the Moçamedes Railway (CFM) to Zambia, as it is another landlocked country without access to the sea.

The aim is to serve the copperbelt in Zambia rich in mineral resources.

According to the indicative list of potential PPP projects yet to be structured, there is also the construction and operation of a rail link between Angola and Zambia, through the extension of the central corridor (Benguela- CFB railroad).

The project involves the construction of a rail link between Luacano station and the Zambia border, near the Jimbe border crossing.

As part of the PPPs, it is also planned to build and operate the Luanda surface metro, which will have a light rail network, the route of which begins at Porto and ends at Zamba II, with seven kilometres and from Zamba II to Kilamba (30 kilometres).

Source: Angop

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