Mu­mias turns to gen­er­a­tors af­ter power cut over debt

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Ben­son Amadala ba­madala@ke.na­tion­media.com Ear­lier plans to restart milling were jolted af­ter trans­porters de­clined to ferry cane from farms

The man­age­ment of trou­bled Mu­mias Sugar Com­pany yes­ter­day opted to switch to diesel gen­er­a­tors to sus­tain op­er­a­tions af­ter Kenya Power dis­con­nected elec­tric­ity sup­ply over a Sh2 bil­lion debt.

Kenya Power dis­con­nected the sup­ply on Satur­day as the miller was pre­par­ing to start ethanol pro­duc­tion while fi­nal­is­ing plans to re­sume cane milling.

An of­fi­cial said that 3,000 litres of diesel had been de­liv­ered to the fac­tory and en- gi­neers were busy mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to start ethanol pro­duc­tion. The cash strapped miller hopes to spent the money gen­er­ated from ethanol to restart milling.

Ear­lier plans to restart milling were jolted af­ter trans­porters de­clined to ferry cane from farms cit­ing the high cost of fuel. Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick Che­bosi said the only op­tion left to the miller was to shift to diesel gen­er­a­tors.

He said ethanol pro­duc­tion was ex­pected to start yes­ter­day. "We have man­aged to get sub­stan­tial amounts of mo­lasses from other millers to start us off. Our big­gest chal­lenge is the power hitch but we will carry on with the plan de­spite the high cost," said Mr Che­bosi.

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