Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announced that its subsidiaries MET Development, Stamicarbon and NextChem have started work on a renewable power-to-fertilizer plant in Kenya. MET Development has signed an agreement with Oserian Development Company for the development of the plant at the Oserian Two lakes Industrial Park located on the southern banks of Lake Naivasha.
The renewable power-to-fertilizer plant will support Kenyas low carbon and inclusive growth, its agricultural output, and its smallholder farmers and communities. The project will also reduce the dependency of imported nitrogen fertilizers and substitute around 25%, of which the total accounts for around 800 kt/a.
Stamicarbon will provide both its Stami Green Ammonia Technology to produce ammonia and its Nitric Acid technology as an integrated technology package for the manufacturing of nitrate fertilizer.
NextChem aims to start the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) by the end of 2021. The goal is to start the commercial operation of the plant in 2025, which will be dedicated to local Kenyan agri-business.
The project will create the starting point for locally produced Kenyan fertilizer and is expected to directly generate over one hundred jobs in the region, while supporting the broader economy and its farmers.