By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
The management of the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) has stated at production volume of the factory has gone up about 50%, after the completion of the expansion project. The project was initiated to expand production capacity of ABL.
The expansion project, which is dubbed “Project Everest” has also increased requirements or usage of major raw local inputs of about 40%. Also, installed capacity before the completion of the expansion has gone up approximately 70%. The project which started in November, 2013 was commissioned in December, 2014
According to the ABL Technical Director, Mr. Vincent Oliver over 150 casual workers were engaged by local contractors who worked on various aspects of the expansion project. He stated that 45 trained and skilled persons were also engaged as permanent employees.
He mentioned this at a meeting with a group of financial journalists after touring the new expansion facility. The tour was to brief the journalists on the state of the company after the completion of the expansion project.
Mr. Oliver said the new production facilities also contain emission, effluent and waste disposal systems that are designed and operated to protect the environment, build the company’s regulation, especially with respect to utilization of water and meet the highest regulatory standards. “All these designs have been guided by SABMiller’s sustainable development philosophy,” he added.
The expansion project which consists of two new packaging lines for beer, soft drinks and malt, a warehouse and gatehouse is situated on 32,000 square meters and cost almost US$100 million.
He said that both lines can produce 32,000 bottles per hour each. He announced that the second phase of the project will see the construction of an effluent treatment plant; upgrade of municipal water supply line; upgrade of their old beer line; installation of new brewery equipment; new staff canteen and changing rooms which will all be expected to be completed before the end of 2015.