SynopsisKilifi's Corrugated Sheets is planning a significant investment of over Sh426 million in a new product diversification plant. The proposal, currently awaiting approval from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), outlines the construction of a steel scrap melting and casting plant within the existing manufacturing site. This project aims to transform scrap metal into molten metal for the production of billets, essential raw materials for various steel products. While the project offers economic opportunities, it also raises concerns about potential pollution, which the company plans to mitigate through monitoring and control measures, reports Business Day AfricaArticleIn a move aimed at expanding its operations and diversifying its product range, Corrugated Sheets Ltd., a steel-making firm located in Kilifi County, has set its sights on a substantial investment of over Sh426 million. The company has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) for the establishment of a steel scrap melting and casting plant.This ambitious project is intended to be situated within the existing premises of Corrugated Sheets Ltd., which currently houses a steel manufacturing facility at the Kokotoni area in Kilifi County.The Environmental Impact Assessment) report provides valuable insights into the scope and scale of this endeavor. It states, "The bills of quantities prepared for the proposed project indicated that the estimated cost of the project will be KSh426, million. The proposed project is a steel mill for the melting of steel scrap to generate molten metal that is continuously casted to produce billets."The billets produced from molten scrap metal will serve as essential raw materials for various steel products, which will be manufactured within the proposed project site. These products are expected to include hot-rolled steel items used in construction and other applications.Corrugated Sheets Ltd. already produces a wide range of steel construction products, including iron sheets, nails, wires, and iron bars, catering to both domestic and international markets.However, the proposed project has raised concerns within the community, particularly regarding potential environmental risks associated with pollution.One of the prominent concerns voiced during public participation hearings relates to the possibility of air and noise pollution stemming from the new project.In response to these concerns, Corrugated Sheets Ltd. has outlined a comprehensive strategy to mitigate pollution risks. This strategy includes quarterly monitoring of local air quality, as well as the continuous monitoring of noise and vibrations originating from the factory. Additionally, the company plans to install a fume extraction system to control air pollution and take measures to regulate dust emissions.ConclusionAs the proposal awaits approval from Nema, it represents a significant investment in the region, promising economic opportunities while also highlighting the importance of environmental responsibility in industrial development.