Cuba seeking more construction projects in Angola

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Cuba is offering Angola design and management of larger infrastructure projects, official news agency Angop reported.

Cuban workers, technicians and engineers are working on a road repair program and reconstruction of highway bridges. Cuban brigades are rehabilitating roads in Bengo and Kwanza Norte provinces and repairing 11 bridges in the South of the country; the road repair program is 47 percent complete, with total completion expected for the end of the year, and 10 of the 11 bridges have been fixed, according to Pires.

During an eight-day visit to Luanda, Cuban Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas, who is in charge of economic relations with Cuba’s most strategic partners, met with various cabinet ministers and President Eduardo dos Santos. Among others, Cabrisas held talks with Construction Minister Waldemar Pires Alexandre about new projects, including more road repairs.

‚ÄúConcerning the construction sector, Cuba is ready to continue to participate with its human capital in the drafting and implementation of large projects in the area,‚ÄĚ Cabrisas told reporters after meeting with the construction minister, according to Angop.

Construction aside, Cuba has cooperated with Angola on oil. CubaPetr√≥leo is a junior partner of Argentina’s PlusPetrol in drilling in the southern part of Angola’s Cabinda exclave. Angolan state company Sonangol helped Cupet acquire a 5-percent stake in an¬†onshore block in 2009; the Castanha-1 well there has been producing oil since 2010, and Pluspetrol said last year the Cabinda South block had a “highly prolific inventory of prospects that will be drilled.” Sonangol also contracted two offshore blocks in a joint venture with Cupet in Cuban waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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