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Kenya

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Green Fertilizers
for Kenya's Farms

With its strong geothermal, solar and wind energy sources Kenya has started to decarbonize its agricultural sector. Green hydrogen based ammonia projects will increase fertiliser affordability and ensure the availability of fertilizers at the right time in the season for fertilizer application.

The principal cash crops of the agricultural sector in Kenya are tea, horticultural produce (including cut flowers) and coffee. Kenya is one of the largest exporters of cut flowers worldwide. In order to ensure fast processing the Nairobi airport has a terminal dedicated to the transport of flowers and vegetables. Agriculture is a large contributor to Kenya's economy and contributes approximately 25% of Kenya's GDP.

Clean, sustainable and renewable green hydrogen technology will enable Kenya to decarbonize its agricultural sector.

PtX Fertilizers Plant

World’s first industrial-scale plant powered by renewable energy to produce low carbon intensity nitrates

MET Development, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., 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, 100 km North of Nairobi. 

Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park is a new 150-hectare sustainable development in Nakuru County. Its aim is to provide a safe landing spot for vision-aligned businesses and investors and become a demonstration case for East Africa’s sustainable industrialization. The Industrial Park is privately owned and operated by Oserian Development Company and is the anchor to a 7,500-hectare mixed-use development, called Oserian Two Lakes, which comprises horticulture, industry & commerce, residential, tourism and wildlife conservation across three valleys. 

The renewable power-to-fertilizer plant will support Kenya’s low carbon and inclusive growth, its agricultural output and its smallholder farmers and communities. The plant will be located near the country’s largest geothermal energy basin and will be partly powered by solar energy sources produced on-site – displacing the need for fossil fuels – and eliminating carbon from the production. The facility will reduce carbon emission with approximately 100,000 tons of CO2 per annum, compared to a gas-based fertilizer plant. The project will also reduce the dependency of imported nitrogen fertilizers and substitute around 25%, of the total of around 800 kt/a (source: Argus Media, 2019). 

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