Kenyan- based Abyssinia Iron and Steel Limited on Wednesday, December 20 signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Norway’s solar power financier Empower New Energy.
The two companies singed a 25-year contract that will result in the construction and operation of a 2.5 MW ground-mounted solar plant by the Spenomatic Group. The company is a leading renewable engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company in East Africa.
Likewise, the ground-breaking partnership will result in a 2 MUSD investment by Empower New Energy for Abyssinia Steel, one of the leading steel manufacturing companies in the region.
Kenyan- based Abyssinia Group of Industries (AGI) has grown to become one of East Africa’s largest steel producers. Currently, the manufacturer has an annual capacity close to a million metric tons throughout the group. At the same time, the company has manufacturing and mining operations spread in East Africa. These countries are Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.
Empower New Energy initiatives
The 2.5MWp solar project is Empower New Energy’s first investment in Kenya. The project marks a significant step in Kenyan- based Abyssinia Steel’s journey towards becoming100% powered by renewable energy.
More so, the company aims to harness the abundant solar resources in Kenya. Likewise, the companies new project will generate about 4,8 GWh of clean electricity per year. This will enble saving of about 2500 metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually. At the same time, reducing Abyssinia’s cost of electricity.
“We are thrilled to partner with Abyssinia Steel and Spenomatic to bring cost-saving and clean energy solutions to Kenya,” said Terje Osmundsen CEO of Empower New Energy. “Together, we will contribute to the growth of a low-carbon economy in Kenya, fostering a greener future for the manufacturing industry in Kenya.”
“Abyssinia Steel is proud to announce our partnership with Empower New Energy and Spenomatic, supported by a shared vision for sustainability and progress. This new 2,5 MWp solar plant represents another significant step towards a green and more prosperous future for the company”, says Jateen Patel, CEO, Abyssinia Steel.
Spenomatic, with its rich history of delivering high-quality engineering solutions. It will provide comprehensive EPC support for the project. Moreover, with their expertise in designing and implementing sophisticated systems. It will ensure the successful execution of the solar project. Thus enabling Abyssinia Steel to integrate renewable energy into its manufacturing process seamlessly.
“We are excited to collaborate with Empower New Energy and Abyssinia Steel on this transformative solar project,” expressed Berjeesh D Surty, MD of Spenomatic. ” Together, we set a benchmark for clean energy adoption in the industrial sector.”
The signing event, attended by the Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya H.E Gunnar Andreas Holm among as well as representatives from Norfund East Africa took place at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairo
“Today marks a significant milestone in the collaboration between Norway and Kenya, as we witness the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement for Empower New Energy’s 2,5 MWp solar project for Abyssinia Steel.
It is through such partnerships that we can pave the way towards a greener and more prosperous future for all,” William Nyaoke, Regional Director for East Africa in Norfund.
Empower New Energy is a leading renewable energy company.
However, the company is dedicated to developing and delivering sustainable energy solutions across Africa.
At the same time, the company invests in and implementing projects that leverage clean technologies. Currently, Empower New Energy aims to power economic growth. At the same time, it aims to mitigate climate change and facilitating the energy transition.
Spenomatic is an established engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company.
The Company has specialized in delivering innovative and sustainable solutions across multiple industries.
Moreso, with a strong focus on quality, reliability, and technological advancement.
Spenomatic has built a reputation for excellence, driving progress in Africa’s industrial landscape.
Kenyan- based Abyssinia Steel
Kenyan-based Abyssinia Steel is a leading manufacturer of steel products in Kenya. The company is a committed to excellence and sustainabilit.
Lately, Abyssinia Steel has established itself as a frontrunner in providing high-quality steel solutions. Likewise, it also promotes responsible industrial practices.
However, the new collaboration with Empower New Energy and Spenomatic reflects their dedication to reducing their carbon footprint. They also embracing renewable energy alternatives.