Maire Tecnimont Group recently signed an agreement with the Dutch Oserian Development Group for the construction of a turnkey plant for the production of fertilizers for agricultural use in Naivasha, about 100 km from Nairobi, one of the main flower and fruit growing areas of the country.
At the operational level, Maire Tecnimont will rely on its subsidiaries MET Development, as project developer, which formally signed the agreement and which will be in charge of forming the consortium with local and international partners that will manage the plant, Stamicarbon, which will provide the technology for the production of “green ammonia”, and Next Chem for the preliminary engineering works and ensure the sustainability and energy transition components.
The plant design, with a daily production output of 550 tonnes of nitrogen-based fertiliser, will use only renewable energy, with an estimated reduction in CO2 emissions of around 100,000 tonnes per year when fully operational, compared to a similar gas-fired plant.
The plant's energy requirements, amounting to up to 70 megawatts, will be met by geothermal energy, which is abundant in Kenya, and, in part, by photovoltaic energy, not excluding the construction of an ad hoc solar power plant.
Production is scheduled to start in 2025.