The Dangote Group has disclosed that its granulated urea fertilizer plant located at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos state, will start operations before the end of next month.
The Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, Mr Anthony Chiejina, confirmed the timeline for the kick-off of the $2bn plant to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos state.
He hinted: “The granulated Urea fertilizer plant project will be ready for take-off before the end of December. The pre-testing has already been done and the delay in starting operations was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It would be recalled that the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had early this year projected that the plant would begin operations in July. But then, the target could not be met due to what industry analysts link to the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to the global economic system.
The Africa’s foremost industrialist had said that the project would be the largest fertilizer plant in the world with its three million tonnes per annum capacity and that when it becomes operational, the plant will make Nigeria the first urea exporting country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to him, the fertilizer and petrochemicals plants were capable of generating $2.5 billion annually, representing about 10 per cent of remittances to Nigeria yearly.