Freight train Angola

Lower operatonal costs for Angolan rail freight

The three Angolan national railway companies Luanda, Benguela and Moçámedes Trains have announced a joined plan to reduce operative costs for the rail freight sector. Moreover, new services will be launched.

Angola has recently revived its national rail network after a long civil war (1975-2002) destroyed most of its infrastructure. The Chinese government has invested heavily in the rail infrastructure of the African country. It is now up to the railway companies to create a competitive market.

Future plan

The president of Luanda Trains, Luis Teixeira, said the company would employ seventeen repair and maintenance teams, in order to stop outsourcing these tasks, an extremely expensive business in the African country. “We are also going to create new rail freight services”, he added. The company has around 1,322 employees and it is going to contract 716 additional technicians to increase in operational efficiency.

The financial manager of Benguela Trains, Antonio Conceição, pointed out that the company is going to develop new rail freight services for cattle, grain and construction material industries. Conceição reported that the company carried 103,000 tonnes of grains in 2017.

Finally, the chief officer of Luanda Trains, Julio Bango, pointed out that it has opened a training academy in the area of Catete, where its technicians improve their skills to repair and maintain the wagons and locomotives. He added this his company will also build new passenger and rail freight train stations between ports and airport, having acquired locomotives to provide new passenger and rail freight services.

Author: Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez is RailFreight's correspondent in Spain.

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