Engen took a major stride forward with an N$48 million investment in a new fuel depot in the north-Namibian town of Grootfontein. The new facility was completed in March 2015, with Engen taking occupation in April, said Nangula Hamunyela, managing director of Engen in Namibia.
An official inauguration ceremony will be held in June.
Hamunyela says Engen has long sought self-sufficiency in terms of the supply of its products to the northern part of the country. With capacity for products including ULP 95, ADO 500 and ADO 50ppm, the company’s new depot will bolster its supply chain, she says. “Independence enables us to provide a better service to our customers and allows us to be more competitive in the market.”
Engen now brings its entire product line into the country. The company sports an extensive network of 54 retail service stations, covering the length and breadth of the country.
The Grootfontein site was selected to ensure Engen fully optimised its supply chain. Product coming into the country is supplied via the main terminal at Walvis Bay, by rail and road. An existing depot specifically caters for road deliveries, and Engen also has a commercial facility for direct delivery to industrial customers, on a 24-hour basis.
The Grootfontein facility will supply the whole of northern Namibia, however the company is building another new depot in the region that is expected to come on line in 2016.
Engen has been on a recruitment drive to find local staff to run the Grootfontein depot.(Source: Petroleumafrica.com)