Kenya to lease 31 coal blocks, as it eyes cheaper energy
Saturday February 2 2013
Peter Kithungía, a resident of the Mui Basin in Kitui County, points at the area covered by the Basin where Fenxi Mining Industry Company intends to start mining coal. Photo/SALATON NJAU Nation Media Group
The acreage will be gazetted this month by the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources.
Coal is considered a cheap source of energy and the Ministry of Energy said if found to be commercially viable, some of the coal will be used in the cement and steel industries.
The government also hopes to use coal as a substitute for power from the national grid as one way of reducing the country’s reliance on electricity, which currently does not match demand.