Ak-Kuu LLC is the largest poultry plant in Kyrgyz Republic, producing eggs, poultry meat and semi-finished products. The production capacity is 440 000 laying hens and 100 million eggs per year. The plant was established in 1966, so naturally all of the production equipment became outdated, causing the company to start gradual modernization.
To improve the production process and reduce energy costs, Ak-Kuu decided to modernize the micro-climate and housing conditions for the poultry, introduce automatic management of production process and implement a number of other energy efficiency measures.
The company applied to KyrSEFF for the loan and advisory package. The KyrSEFF team analysed the investment, primarily the potential of energy savings, technical-financial parameters, as well as the environmental aspects to make sure Ak-Kuu complies with the environmental standards and requirements.
In 2014 the first measure was implemented – modernization of production workshops – leading to full automatic control of the production process and resulting in increased quantity and quality of production, as well as energy savings. After a successful repayment of the investment, the company addressed KyrSEFF for the second loan – now for a modern ventilation system, energy efficient lighting, automatic fodder supply, eggs collection and wastes removal.
The overall loan of €1,150,000 allowed the company to reduce its energy consumption by 1,529 MWh of electricity per year. The energy savings enable Ak-Kuu to repay the investment in just 3 years, turning the new cash-flow into an income for the company for the years to follow.
In addition, the company decreased its carbon dioxide emissions by 279 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, making its input to mitigation of the negative effects of the human activity on climate.
This way, the EBRD through KyrSEFF supports implementation of sustainable energy projects by the private sector. Together, the private, residential and public sectors can make a change in the energy consumption patterns and contribute to the environmental protection.