Fuel distributor and retailer Engen announced last week it will start construction of a new fuel depot in Ondangwa, Namibia later this year.
“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 International Business Division.
This is the 3rd 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, it has upgraded a long-haul Truck Stop in Rundu for traffic on the Trans-Caprivi corridor through Katima Mulilo into Zambia.
Drikus Kotze, the General Manager of Engen’s International Business Division said the company’s modernization 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.
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.
Ondangwa is a town of 23,000 inhabitants in the Oshana Region of northern Namibia, bordering Oshikoto Region. Ondangwa was first established as a mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society (the FMS) in 1890. In 1914 it became a government station and is located about 80 km (50 mi) from the Angolan border and is the district capital of the Ondangwa electoral constituency. Most of the residents of the town speak Oshindonga.