Kenya-based Abyssinia Steel and Spenomatic joins forces with Empower New Energy to solarise Awasi steel factory
21 Dec 2023

Abyssinia Iron and Steel Limited today signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Norway’s solar power financier Empower New Energy. The 25-year contract will result in the construction and operation of a 2,5 MW ground-mounted solar plant by the Spenomatic Group, a leading renewable engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company in East Africa. 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.

Abyssinia Group of Industries (AGI) has grown to become one of East Africa’s largest steel producers with an annual capacity close to a million metric tons throughout the group, with manufacturing and mining operations spread in East Africa, namely Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.

The 2.5MWp solar project is Empower New Energy’s first investment in Kenya and marks a significant step in Abyssinia Steel’s journey towards become 100 % powered by renewable energy. By harnessing the abundant solar resources in Kenya, the project will generate about 4,8 GWh of clean electricity per year, saving about 2 500 tons metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually, while 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 Iron and 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, will provide comprehensive EPC support for the project. Their expertise in designing and implementing sophisticated systems will ensure the successful execution of the solar project, 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 Nairobi.

“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.

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About Empower New Energy

Empower New Energy is a leading renewable energy company dedicated to developing and delivering sustainable energy solutions across Africa. By investing in and implementing projects that leverage clean technologies, Empower New Energy aims to power economic growth while mitigating climate change and facilitating the energy transition.

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About Spenomatic

Spenomatic is an established engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company specializing in delivering innovative and sustainable solutions across multiple industries. With a strong focus on quality, reliability, and technological advancement, Spenomatic has built a reputation for excellence, driving progress in Africa’s industrial landscape.

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About Abyssinia Steel

Abyssinia Iron and Steel is a leading manufacturer of steel products in Kenya. With a commitment to excellence and sustainability, Abyssinia Steel has established itself as a frontrunner in providing high-quality steel solutions while promoting responsible industrial practices. The collaboration with Empower New Energy and Spenomatic reflects their dedication to reducing their carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy alternatives.

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