Kaloleni Cement Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

The Kaloleni Cement Plant was a proposed 66-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Kaloleni, Kenya.


The map below shows the location of Kaloleni, Kenya, but not the exact location of the Kaloleni Cement Plant.

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In July 2012, the Athi River Mining (ARM) entered into a financing agreement with Aldwych International Ltd. to fund and fast-track the company's proposed coal-fired plant. The cost of building the plant was estimated to be $95 million.[1]

Construction on the cement plant was expected to begin in early 2015 and end in 2017. About 50 MW of the accompanying coal plant was expected to be fed into the national grid.[2]

With no news on the project since 2014, it appears to be abandoned.

In addition, ARM Cement was placed into administration in 2018 due to its inability to service its debts and meet its day-to-day financial obligations. In October 2019, the administrators completed the sale of all cement and non-cement assets and the business of ARM Cement PLC in Kenya to National Cement Company Ltd, which is owned by the Devki group of companies, at $50 million.[3][4]

Public opposition

In 2013 Mombasa-based lobby group, Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), released a report that detailed various allegations of environmental pollution by Athi River Mining. As a result Kenya's National Environmental Management Authority [NEMA] and the Ministry of Health closed the plant and investigated its operations. The government allowed the plant to resume operations without issuing any citations.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Athi River Mining
  • Parent company: ARM Cement Limited
  • Location: Kaloleni, Kenya
  • Coordinates: -4.043477, 39.668206 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 66 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
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