Celtic Cooling continues building largest freshterminal in Africa

Largest logistical hub in Africa

Thursday 8 September 2016

Construction of state-of-the-art cooling cells for the large, all-new trans-shipment terminal of Ethiopian Airlines at Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia is halfway and will continue as planned despite recent attacks on Dutch flower nurseries.

During the incidents in the Amhara region near Bahir-Dar last week several Dutch flower nurseries were hit and destroyed. In all likelihood, fortunately without loss of lives. The long-term plans of Ethiopia will not be influenced by the struggle with the rebellion. Construction of the largest freshterminal continues as normal. Celtic Cooling is now halfway in building this 17,000 sqm cooling facility, scheduled for delivery in May of 2017.

Joost van Klink, general director of Celtic Cooling: “The majority of nurseries in Ethiopia are clients with our firm. Esmeralda Farms, which was burnt to the ground last week, was one of them. For those immediately involved it is a drama of great proportions, and it is a bizarre story that it had to be decided not to rebuild the farm as well as filing for bankruptcy as a consequence. Of course, our sympathy goes out to all of those involved.”

Van Klink thinks it is logical that recent events raise eyebrows with potential investors. On the other hand, he does not expect the struggle to fundamentally influence long-term development of Ethiopian agriculture.

Largest logistical hub in Africa

The new airfreight facility in Addis Ababa provides for loading around 600,000 ton of goods annually for transport to Europe and elsewhere. With a capacity five times larger than at present, the Ethiopian capital will soon be the largest hinge point for trans-shipment in Africa. From the cooling cells of Celtic Cooling mostly flowers, vegetables and, to a lesser extent fruit will be loaded.

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Celtic Cooling is a trend setter in cooling and freezing solutions for international clients. Headquartered in the Netherlands and with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Dubai, the company has almost 20 years of experience in designing, delivering and installing tailor-made cooling and freezing installations, air conditioning systems and turn-key solutions for flowers, fruit, vegetables and other purposes. Celtic Cooling works for clients from various segments of the corporate sector, both abroad and in the Netherlands. A team of approximately 75 well-trained and enthusiastic professionals who are proud of what they do, forms the solid base of the company.

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