Dangote Industries has commenced a test run at its $2 billion fertilizer plant, a component of the Petrochemical plants being built in Lekki, Lagos preparatory to its commencement of operations.
The fertilizer plant, which is regarded as the second largest of its kind in the world is set to help the country meet all its domestic demand and have surplus for the export market.
In a statement made available to the press, the Group confirmed that the test run followed the completion of critical sections of the plant, including the central control room, the ammonia, and urea bulk storage area and the cooling tower.
“By the time our plant is fully commissioned, the country will become self-sufficient in fertilizer production and even have the capacity to export the products to other African countries,” said Devakumar Edwin, group executive director for strategy, portfolio development and projects at Dangote Industries Ltd.
The plant, constructed by Saipem of Italy and Tata Consulting Engineers of India, has the capacity to produce 3 million tons of fertilizer a year.
It’s being powered with gas piped by the Nigerian Gas Company and Chevron Nigeria Ltd. under an agreement to supply 70 million cubic feet of gas daily.