2 February 2013

Angola to Purchase General Electric Railway Locomotives

Luanda — Angola will buy from the second half of this year the American General Electric (GE)'s locomotives in amounts yet to be determined, said Friday in Luanda the director of the National Railway Institute of Angola, Julio Bango Joaquim.

Julio Joaquim announced this after a meeting between the Minister of Transports, Augusto da Silva Tomás, and the GE's CEO, Jeff Immelt.

He highlighted the importance to acquire many railways engines, mainly for mining transportation.

Justifying the move, Bango Joaquim said that in 1976, Moçamedes Railway Company had 72 locomotives for mining transportation from "Jamba Mineira" and Chamutete localities as far as to Namibe port.

The official admitted the possibility to increase the number of locomotives.

Each railway engine costs 200 million Kwanzas (one dollar corresponds to 100 Kwanzas).

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