Devki Group is set to build a 15MW power plant in, Kajiado County. The generating stations and associated works will be located on L.R. No. Kajiado/Kaputei South/2647, situated at Merrueshi in Kajiado County. The plant worth KES 1.7 billion ($19 million) will comprise of a coal-fired steam generator and a steam turbine. To build the plant, Devki will apply for a license so as to generate electrical energy for its own use and also add to the national grid.
According to National Cement’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed power plant, “The cost of procuring electricity from Kenya Power is twice as much when compared with the cost of generating power using coal.”
To power its plant, Devki will need an estimated 63,360 tonnes of coal. This it plans to import from South Africa, among other coal-rich countries, until local mining kicks off. Last week, Devki Steel Mills unveiled a KES10.7bn steel plant in Ruiru to facilitate quality and quantity production of roofing materials while providing employment to over 200 Kenyans.
Furthermore, Devki Steel Mills, a subsidiary of Devki Group has also submitted bids for a KES300m contract to supply steel to the Standard Gauge Railway. Others with the same plan include Apex Steel Mill Corporation, Prime Steel and Tononoka Steel.