Spain funds train maintenance workshops

Luanda – The Kingdom of Spain has granted a fund of 97 million Euros to build the workshops for the maintenance of the multiple diesel locomotives of the Luanda Railroad (CFL), announced Monday the Spanish ambassador to Angola, Manuel Ruigomez.

The announcement was released after the launching of the first stone for the construction of this support unit for the railway sector, by Transport Minister Ricardo de Abreu.

The Spanish diplomat said that workshops will be equipped with state-of-the-art technological equipment.

The workshop will be built in Catete, municipality of Icolo e Bengo, province of Luanda, and the construction work will last two years and will allow the creation of more than 100 direct and indirect jobs.

At the same site, a contract valued at USD 169.3 million was signed to supply 10 diesel trains with a capacity to carry seven thousand passengers.

The contract was signed by the Angolan Railways and the consortium of companies Andrade Gutierrez and Zagope Angola.

Aime Tombuele, deputy director general of the National Institute of Railways of Angola (INCFA), and the director of Andrade Gutierrez, JA�lio Oliveira, signed the agreement witnessed by the Minister of Transport, Ricardo de Abreu.

The contract will also serve to provide technical assistance for two years to the 10 locomotives from Germany and China. The provision of service and technical assistance includes the maintenance of rolling stock, the training of train drivers, maintenance personnel for workshop equipment and their organization.

Source: Angola Press News Agency