Ethiopia has gained a deserved reputation for progressively unlocking its natural potential and bringing prosperity to its people in both urban and agricultural regions. The new Heineken Kilinto brewery near Addis Ababa is supporting that process and is a fitting example.

The brewery aims to meet Heineken's long-term ambition to create sustainable businesses and generate investment impact beyond the gates by increasing the income of smallholder barley farmers and improving access to markets. The new brewery supplies the local market and now employs around 280 people.

A limited timescale and a tight budget meant developing a fast track schedule to help Heineken meet their additional capacity requirements for Heineken's Ethiopian beer brands Harar, Bedele and Walia. The brewery will also brew the flagship Heineken brand. In collaboration with Heineken's specialists and our colleagues in Vietnam and the United Kingdom, we created extended design, tender and construction documents that reduced building costs and accelerated construction time.

Where possible, the design was based on the use of local materials with tendering undertaken with local pre-selected class-one civil contractors. A 'one building' pre-engineered solution was introduced, covering most of the key brewery processes.

Tender of the civil works was divided into four packages (earth works, PEB, early foundation works and main civil works) which made it possible to start construction work on site while still finalizing the engineering. This not only reduced time for design, tender and construction, but more importantly got the brewery up and producing on schedule.
In fact, 'first brew' was brewed on time to start selling beer prior to the Ethiopian New Year, September 11th followed by the official opening with our Chairman Erik Oostwegel, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Heineken CEO Jean Francois van Boxmeer and Mrs Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken.

"We have a long-standing relationship with Heineken. We are proud to have contributed to the development of Heinekens supply chain in Ethiopia and to the economic and social development of the country" says Wim Steutel accountmanager with Royal HaskoningDHV.