KenGen to generate more income with construction of Ksh60 M detergent factory
Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has commenced construction of a liquid drilling detergent manufacturing factory, at an estimated investment cost of Ksh.60 million.
Construction of the factory, which will be based at the Company’s Olkaria geothermal complex in Naivasha County will see the plant components installation expected to be complete in the year 2021.
Speaking on the new development, the company’s Geothermal Development Director, Eng. Abel Rotich revealed that the project was about 70 percent complete and take-over date is expected to be somewhere in the first quarter of 2021.
The company has already obtained pre-requisite laboratory approvals from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to manufacture the detergent.
In the same vein, KenGen has also acquired approval from KEBS to manufacture liquid hand washing detergent, liquid bleach, hair shampoo, carpet shampoo, car shampoo, liquid disinfectant and fabric softener.
The electricity generator submitted an environmental and social impacts assessment report for the proposed detergent plant to national environmental management authority on October 26, 2018 and got the requisite approvals on July 19, 2019, signalling the start of the project tendering and construction phase.
The factory will boost revenue for KenGen and take the competition to firms such as Unilever which manufactures most of these items.
Rotich said the new factory is part of the firm’s ‘Good-2-Great Strategy’ that has opened a window for receiving, testing and launching innovations.
“The intended completion and takeover date are is expected to be somewhere in the first quarter of 2021.” Said Rotich.