The government has entered a partnership with Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) to establish a green fertilizer plant in the country in a bid to reduce reliance on imports.
Under the agreement, FFI and the Government will work together to build a 300 megawatts(MW)capacity generation green ammonia and green fertilizer facility by 2025.
This will be followed by the development of two further projects that will scale up renewable electricity generation for green industries by up to 25 gigawatts(GW), to produce up to 1.7 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year for export.
The initial green hydrogen and green ammonia facility to be located in the Naivasha vicinity of the Olkaria geothermal field will move to a pre-feasibility study, with a Final Investment Decision from FFI expected in 2023.
“Current ammonia and fertilizer production relies almost exclusively on fossil fuels and results in considerable CO2 emissions. By stepping away from fossil fuels to use green ammonia, Kenya can eliminate its reliance on imports, reduce the cost of fertilizer and increase its food and economic security,” said Forrest.
Access to fertilizer has been a prominent threat to farmers in the country, with its prices spiking occasioned by global phenomena such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The president on September 13, 2022 told the country that his government, through subsidies, had reduced the cost of fertilizer from KES 6,500 to KES 3,500 for a 50-kilogram bag.