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NB Plc to spend N17 bn to increase capacity of Aba plant

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The Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc, a foremost brewing outfit in the country, has announced that the ongoing expansion of its Aba brewing plant will be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Ukeje Udah, brewery manager, NB Plc, Aba, made the announcement, Wednesday, while hosting the Governor of the State of Abia, Theodore Orji, who was on official visit to the plant.

He stated that the project worth N17 billion, on completion, would scale up the production capacity of the brewery to 2.4 million hectoliters (HL) per annum.

The ongoing projects at the plant include a new packaging line, brewery house, new water treatment plant and a new building to accommodate senior technical staff of the company.

“I can tell you that all these projects we are talking about worth about N17 billion, will be completed by the first quarter of next year (2014). So by next year, which is 2014, our volume will move from 1.2 to 1.3 million HL and in 2015 2.4 million HL per annum.

Udah , who was visibly excited about the ongoing projects in the plant, expressed gratitude to the Governor, for restoring peace in Aba and its environs, which according to him, has made it possible for the continued existence of the plant in the area.

He observed that the peaceful atmosphere in Abia and especially Aba, would attract more investments to the State.

According to him, the city of Aba has been adjudged as one of the safest towns in the country, which influenced the decision of management to agree to invest such amount of money in the area.

He disclosed that the new facilities when operational would create more job opportunities for the people of the state.

The Aba plant of the NB plc, contributes 51 percent of products in the Southsouth area of the country and contributes 21 percent of the total volume of the company’s products in the country.

The plant brews the following brands-Star 60cl, Gulder, Legend Extra Stout, Multina, Amstel Malta and Farouz.