UK-based SABMiller has announced that its upcoming brewery in Namibia has been scheduled to commence production during the first half of 2014
According to The Namibian, the US$41.23mn facility coming up in Okahandja is expected to have an initial production capacity of 260,000 hectolitres. Earlier this year, SABMiller had announced that the facility would become operational only by the middle of 2015.
The project known as SABMiller Namibia, is 60 per cent owned by SABMiller, 20 per cent by Onyewu Investments and 20 per cent by three Namibian private stake holders.
SABMiller Namibia managing director Cobus Bruwer said, “Good progress has been made by local contractors less than six months after commencing the project. Now we are closer to fulfilling our commitment to the people of Namibia and in helping the government realise its Vision 2030 goal of an industrial nation. We have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.”
In the long term, SABMiller said it has planned to increase the capacity of the brewery to 400,000 hectolitres and invest in a 750ml returnable bottle packaging line, along with setting up warehousing facilities.
With operations spanning two decades in Namibia, SABMiller has introduced brands including Castle Lager, Carling Black Label and Castle Lite.