Sanghi Cemtech group has contracted a Chinese consortium to put up its cement plant at Pokot and up-scaled its intended investment in Kenya to US$175m (KES13bn).
The Chinese group made up of various engineering firms will also install a captive power plant at the Sanghi 650-acre site.
The Indian Sanghi group, which holds 80 per cent stake in the Kenyan subsidiary, owns the world’s largest single stream cement plant with capacity of over 20Mt.
"The consortium will manufacture, install and commission the ultra modern, state of the art and environmentally friendly cement plant," said managing director Rajesh Rawal in a statement.
Phase one of the cement project will put up capacity of 600,000t and is set for completion by end of 2011 or early 2012.
Phase II which brings total capacity to 1.2Mta will be completed by 2014/15.
The group earlier intended to invest $80 billion (Sh6 billion).