Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned Africa’s largest granulated urea plant and the second biggest in the world in Ibeju Lekki.
The Dangote Fertilizer facility has a capacity of 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) and is now making Nigeria self-sufficient in fertilizers, with extra capacity reserved for exports.
“We have already started exporting to the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico,” Aliko Dangote said during the commissioning ceremony held at the Lekki Free Zone.
The $2.5bn twin train facility processes domestic gas to produce urea and ammonia, and is located next to the 650,000 bpd Dangote refinery and petrochemicals complex, where operations are yet to start.
Just this month, state-owned NNPC, the Shell Petroleum Development Co. (SPDC) JV and Dangote sealed a new Gas Supply & Aggregation Agreement (GSAA) to supply 70 MMscfd of gas from the Tunu CPF (OML 35) to Dangote Fertilizer. Another GSAA had previously been signed in December 2019 with Chevron Nigeria.