22 November 2012 16:26 [Source: ICB]
Work on Africa's largest fertilizer plant will get underway in the near future, with ammonia and urea from the Nigerian naira (N) 300bn ($1.9bn) project to be exported across Africa, the industrialist behind the project confirmed in mid-November.
Situated in southern Edo State, the massive Dangote Fertilizer facility will produce up to 2,200 tonnes per day of ammonia and 7,700 tonnes/day of granulated urea, according to business conglomerate and project owner Dangote Group.
Owned by Africa's richest man - Alhaji Dangote - the group expects workers from engineering firm Saipem Nigeria to start initial groundwork in the next 10 weeks. The plant will feature two urea trains and a single ammonia train and is scheduled to start production in 2015-16.
According to the Lagos-headquartered company, Africa's next largest fertilizer plant produces 1,000 tonnes/day of ammonia and 1,500 tonnes/day of urea.
"In the next three years, Edo State will be exporting fertilizer from here to other parts of Africa," Alhaji Dangote confirmed.
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