The project was led by Nick Quirke, Head of Africa Capex at Diageo Engineering Excellence (DEE). On the site itself, there was a small team of experienced DEE project managers. The team was supported by outside specialists in civil engineering, utilities and energy. For validation, energy-efficiency, brewing technology and filling technology, too, assistance was provided at need by specialists from Dublin and Africa. Everything at DEE was invariably governed by the six cornerstones of safety, consistency, sustainability, value, innovation and quality – the core DNA in all projects managed by DEE.
Despite the complexity of the construction project, the staff involved successfully completed the modification work without any damage or accidents. For this purpose, more than 4,500 safety audits and immediate corrective actions (ICAs) and 3,200 safety observations (SORs) were performed, for example. Every day, on a whiteboard, the actions of all teams were spotlighted, as were the activities of the Diageo Engineering Excellence (DEE) as the lead, and the vendors involved. Once a month, in the presence of all staff and the management, rewards and recognition were annunciated. The collaboration between DEE, KBL and Krones was extremely extensive, and reflected in certification processes with protocols for DQ, CQ, IQ, OQ and PQ, plus monitoring of flow charts and risk analyses for all areas.