USD 211 Million To Be Invested On Luanda/Uige Road Restoration

Two hundred and eleven million dollars will be invested in the definitive rehabilitation of the 371/kms Kifangondo/Úcua/Uíge/Negage road, in the framework of the implementation of the program of rehabilitation of roadway infrastructures in the country. Landmine removal actions have to be carried out first.


The project, allocated today at Kifangondo region, Cacuaco district, in Luanda, to the Chinese building company Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC), will be funded by China Eximbank.

Addressing journalists, the Minister of Public Works, Higino Carneiro, said the execution of the work, which includes the construction of 10 bridges and the rehabilitation of two others, 254 aqueduct and hydraulic passages along the road, will last 27 months and will be monitored by a German company.

According to the Minister, the works will start within four months, as the company has yet to mobilise the equipment, carry out landmines removal actions, cleaning of the perimeter and other works.

He said this is the most important of this first phase of Chinese funding, whose package is estimated at one billion dollars, out of which 800 million are already being employed in programs.

As he explained, in the framework of the adjudication of the referred project, some Angolan companies operating in the field of construction will be sub-contracted for the execution of the works.

Minister Carneiro said the works are of transcendental importance, for it links three provinces namely Luanda, Bengo and Uíge, and is a fundamental corridor for the re-launch of agricultural activity in the zone.

Attending the adjudication ceremony were the Ministers of Public Works and of Finances, respectively Higino Carneiro and Jose Pedro de Morais, the governors of Bengo and Uíge provinces Jorge Dombolo and Bento Cangumbo, well as the Ambassador of the People`s Republic of China in Angola, Zang Beishang.

Still under the programme of restoration of roadways infrastructures in the country, on Wednesday will be adjudicated to Mota/Engil company, the rehabilitation and enlargement of the Lobito/Benguela road stretch.

Von: 31 August 2005,

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