Thursday, November 14, 2019

The NKCC factory which has moved to 100% steam in heating and chilling milk.

Milk processors the New Kenya Cooperatives Creameries Limited  (NKCC), is set to reduce the use of environmental unfriendly furnace oil chimneys and instead use clean energy boilers.

The use of air pollutant diesel oil furnace will be a thing of the past if a new technology using steam is fully implemented.
The project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by United Nations Industrial Organization Development (UNIDO) has already put up four pilot projects at New KCC plants in Sotik, Nyahururu and Dandora factories.

Ministry of Environment Director of Projects , Programs and strategic Initiatives &GEF desk Officer is taken around the new KCC Sotik Factory, the factory is using clean energy to heat and chill milk

The steam plants are using organic waste to produce steam which is used to chill milk using absorption technology.

According to the Sotik NKCC Sotik Factory Manager , Kenneth Langat, the use of Biomass boilers have led to reduced use of furnace oil and use of absorption chillers reduces use of electricity, and in turn it has led to cutting of costs for milk processing.
“Technical issues have been minimized, the boilers rarely breakdown, that has allowed New KCC to concentrate on its core business of milk processing,” said Langat.
According Director Programs, Projects and Strategic Initiatives , and GEF Desk Officer Mrs Agnes Yobterik , the projects are meant to promote alternative sources of energy as an intervention in mitigating climate change.
Yobterik said that county governments should promote alternative sources of energy which are friendly to the environment.

Timber waste is used in heating the boilers at Sotik NKCC to produce steam, which is used in chilling and heating of milk.

UNIDO-Kenya  Project Co-ordinate Zachariah Munga said that UNIDO is currently implementing…..projects across the country all aimed at improving human and institutional capacity for continuous developmental waste -to-energy, with the aim of reducing emissions of Greenhouse gases.

UNIDO National Programme Officer Linet Luvau said that the UNIDO vouches for establishment of favorable investment through creation of incentive scheme, leading to replication of similar projects which will help in overall reduction of greenhouse gas emission.
GEF is funding the projects under subsidies through private -public venture to a tune of Ksh 200 million for a duration of 4 years.

The New KCC Sotik mIlk processing factory steam plant that is using using biomass boilers to chill and heat milk. The factory is running on 100% steam away from the furnace oil heating system.

The projects sites are in Murang’a, – Olivado Company, a Biogas Laboratory at KIRDI , Tropical Power Company in Naivasha , and Timber Treatment Biomas projects in the 4 NKCC factories- Nyahururu, Sotik, Dandora and Eldoret.

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