Chinese firm pumps more than $200 million to Kenyan family owned construction firm, Devki Group

Narendra Raval with President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • Devki Group, which is owned by Kenyan tycoon Narendra Raval has inked a Sh25.5 billion deal with Chinese firm Sinoma Energy.
  • Sinoma made the announcement in regulatory filings last week.
  • Devki Group, East Africa’s largest building materials company, which is owned by Kenyan tycoon Narendra Raval.

A Chinese firm is set to pump more than Sh20 billion ($200 million) to a Kenyan family own construction firm.

Devki Group, East Africa’s largest building materials company, which is owned by Kenyan tycoon Narendra Raval has inked a Sh25.5 billion deal with Chinese firm Sinoma Energy to power its Mombasa-based raw steel processor and the new Athi River cement clinker plant.

Sinoma Energy Saving Company Ltd and Kenya’s Devki have signed a cement kiln waste-heat power generation project general contract and a Spong iron self-supplied power plant project general contract,” said Sinoma in the regulatory statement.

Sinoma said in regulatory filings last week the kiln waste-heat project at Devki’s new cement plant in Athi River and then another to power Devki’s new Sh45.5 billion steel plant in Kilifi will be built over a period of 20 months to produce 53.5 megawatts (MW).

“The total installed capacity of the two projects is 53.5MW, and the total contract amount of the project is RMB 170 million (about Sh25.5 billion).”

“The project (over a period of 20 months) is to provide residual heat for these two production lines.”

Devki chairman Narendra Raval had last July said all design drawings, as well as environmental impact assessment audits for the Kilifi-based steel plant with an annual capacity of 300,000 metric tonnes, had already been approved.

Only South Africa has an industrial raw steel production plant and our plan is to give Kenya steel products manufacturers cheaper access to industrial raw steel. We will exploit local iron ore mines thereby helping us generate new wealth and jobs,” he had said.

The Kenyan multi-millionaire also recently constructed a multi-million dollar Cement clinker plant at Merrueshi/Mbirikani in Kajiado County, 80 km south of Nairobi.

The first phase of the Sh25.5 billion deal will see Devki and its financing partners invest Sh20 billion in the plant that was expected to create 1,600 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs in related activities like mining and transportation when it starts production in 2020.

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