Published On: Wed, Oct 7th, 2015

Engen on course with Namibia expansion

New engen depotJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ENGEN, a leading African energy multinational, has announced its third major investment in Namibia’s fuel supply this year.

The company’s Ondangwa fuel depot is planned for northern Namibia in 2016.

Drikus Kotze, Engen General Manager: International Business Division, said the company’s modernisation and expansion initiatives in the country, totalling approximately N$150 million, formed part of its larger south-to-central African fuel supply strategy.

“The Grootfontein facility will supply the whole of northern Namibia until Ondangwa comes online in 2016,” he said.

The projects provide local employment and support economic expansion in the region.

“For the duration of the projects, more than 50 additional contractor positions were or will be created,” concludes Kotze.

Construction of the facility will begin in late 2015, and is scheduled for completion around April next year, confirmed Wikus Strydom, Supply and Operations Manager in Engen’s International Business Division.

The depot follows a flurry of investment activity in the country this year, in which Engen first upgraded its Walvis Bay depot by adding an additional 20 000mᶾ of storage capacity.

Next the company completed construction of its Grootfontein depot, and it is now moving to further strengthen Namibia’s northern supply with the Ondangwa Depot.

In addition, Engen has upgraded a long-haul Truck Stop in Rundu in the north-east of Namibia, catering for trucks moving along the Trans-Kalahari towards Katima Mulilo, Zambia and further north, following economic activity in the region.

On the Northern Namibian side (Ongwediva, Oshakati and Ondangwa), the company has conventional service stations (not Truck Stops) where diesel customers can fill up using Engen’s eFuel refuelling system or EDC fleet management system.

– CAJ News

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