“Construction of the facility will begin in late 2015 and is scheduled for completion around April next year” said Wikus Strydom, Supply and Operations Manager in Engen’s International Business Division.
This is the third major investment by Engen in fuel infrastructure this year alone. First, Engen upgraded the Walvis Bay depot to hold an additional 20,000 cubic metres of liquid fuel. Then the company completed construction of its new Grootfontein depot.
In addition, Engen has upgraded a long-haul Truck Stop in Rundu for traffic on the Trans-Caprivi corridor through Katima Mulilo into Zambia.
At all Engen service stations across the northern regions, hauliers can fill up using Engen’s eFuel refuelling system or EDC fleet management system.
Drikus Kotze, the General Manager of Engen’s International Business Division said the company’s modernisation and expansion in Namibia total approximately N$150 million, forming part of its larger south-to-central African fuel supply strategy.
He said fuel is shipped into Walvis Bay and distributed via rail and road to a network of depots, retail and commercial facilities.
“The Grootfontein facility will supply the whole of northern Namibia until Ondangwa comes online in 2016,” he said.
Engen sees the projects as providing local employment and supporting economic expansion. “For the duration of the projects, more than 50 additional contractor positions have been or will be created,” he said.