In 2006, NIRAS designed and installed the original spirit plant in Africa. Recently, the plant has been udgraded to double production capacity along with a new bottling line to meet increased demand and forecasted market growth.
NIRAS carried out the plant upgrade on a “turnkey” basis including design, procurement, installation and commissioning. The upgrade of the plant includes a new local spirit “charcolation plant” and additional production capacity servicing a new bottling line. NIRAS employed local contractors and suppliers for the electrical and mechanical installations, and sourced the new “Reverse Osmosis” water conditioning plant from a local supplier.
Plant upgrade based on European Standards
The installation was carried out to European and UK standards, including compliance with ATEX Regulations for equipment located in potentially flammable atmospheres bringing everything in line with the clients group standards.
The project was a truly international project with the new packaging line being built by an Indian company and the project being centrally coordinated by the client.
Working with a local labour team was great, they were especially helpful during the elections.
The work was supervised by NIRAS site engineers with support from sub-contract installers, over a 12 week period, and has been successfully handed over to the client on budget and ahead of programme. The process capacity of the expanded plant increased to support a new bottling line, doubling the site capacity for finished product output.
During the end of the project the team had to contend with the country elections that not only attracted a lot of media attention but also caused disquiet that at times broke out into violence. The project wasn’t directly affected but it did prove challenging for the local team.