By Joseph Njung’eh
The Sasini Group Company has launched a giant biogas project generating 150 kilowatts electric power in efforts to cut cost of production.
The company’s managing director, Moses Kiplagat said the project worth Shs.60 million situated at Mweiga Farm Nyeri will go a long way in increasing profits which will also reflect into the shareholders’ accounts.
Kiplagat said the energy produced from dung of more than 300 cows will be used in processing milk, lighting up an upcoming estate in the Farm and pump irrigation water at the vast lucern grass and coffee fields.
In the biogas plant, Kiplagat said, 60 percent is cow dung while 40 percent is water noting the sustainability of the project is hanged on the high number of cows at the Farm.
“Plans are underway to add solar panels in order to generate 600 megawatts as intended. The cost of production in Mweiga Farm will be reduced by 50 percent,” said Kiplagat.
He added that the biogas unit will also produce nitrogen to be used in making fertilizer.
“We incur a monthly electricity bill of Shs.10 million. The new power generation unit is an automated one and has batteries to store any excess power produced. We will never run out of power and at the same time save more money,” said the MD.
He, however, noted that cost of power is killing industries in the country.
The project, which started last year, was actualized by a Finland Contractor with Kiplagat saying they are seeking modalities of sharing the technology with small scale farmers.
The company also owns a 1900-acre coffee plantation in Kiambu County and a 700,000-tea-acraege in Kericho County.