Pokot power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Pokot power station was a proposed 64-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station at the site of a cement plant in Pokot, Kenya.


The map below shows West Pokot County, the approximate location for the plant

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Cemtech has proposed a cement plant in West Pokot County. According to the 2010 feasibility study for the project by the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA), the area has large limestone deposits with the potential to produce 1.2 million tons of cement per year. Shortly after the study, Cemtech acquired 650 acres of land for the project. In September 2015, Cemtech said the company had finally managed to sort out logistical challenges that had delayed the project for the past five years. Construction of the Sh10 billion cement plant was set to begin in January 2016. As part of the project plan, the company also planned to put up a 64MW coal-fired power plant to be sold to the national grid.[1]

In August 2016 the project was reported to be delayed, as the company was "facing logistical challenges."[2]

In November 2018 it was reported that construction on the long-delayed cement factory was set to begin in January 2019. [3]

In January 2019, phase one of the cement project was set to begin, involving construction of internal roads linking the factory site with mines, prefabricated houses for staff and workers, perimeter walls, an administration block, platforms onto which machines will be erected, as well as delivery of threshing machines, excavators, tractors, and trucks. There are no mentions of a coal-fired power station, so plans appear to have been shelved or cancelled.[4]

The Turkwel-Ortum-Kitale electricity transmission line nearing completion in 2021 will provide an alternative transmission evacuation route for the Turkwel Power plant, a 106 MW hydro-electric power station in Kenya. The line may facilitate efficient power supply to the proposed cement factory.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Cemtech
  • Parent company: Sanghi Cement Group (India)
  • Location: Sebit-Ortum, West Pokot County, Rift Valley, Kenya
  • Coordinates: -4.043477, 39.668206 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 64 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
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