Narendra Raval has over the years built an empire primarily in the manufacturing sector.
His recent forays into the green energy sector, however, paint a picture of a man on a mission. In the past year, Raval has been investing in power generation plants.
This week, National Cement Company Limited owned by Raval confirmed plans to establish a 60 MW wind power plant in Sebit, West Pokot county. The firm has applied for an energy generation license from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
The plant is expected to power Raval’s Sebit cement plant, which is scheduled to begin production in August. The commissioning of the plant is expected to make Raval the largest producer of clinker in East Africa with the production of 7.5 million tonnes from three factories.
Any “public or local authority, company, person or body of persons desirous of making any representation on or objection to the application” was advised by EPRA to do so by writing a letter to the authority within 30 days from the date of application (July 27, 2023).
“The grant of the license will not have adverse effect on any public or local authorities, companies, bodies, persons or bodies of persons within the area of undertaking,” EPRA wrote in a public notice. A copy of the letter should be forwarded to the registered office of the applicant.
Last year, Raval had separately applied for a license to set up a 60MW power plant in Kwale County through Devki Steel Mills, another of his companies. He disclosed that the wind power plant would incorporate 38 wind turbines.
“The proposed project is to be located at Kinango in Kwale County.
“Conditions in the area favour the production of electricity from wind using a low-wind turbine,” Raval stated.