Africa's richest business mogul, AlikoDangote has commenced a test run of its $2 billion fertilizer plant. This follows the completion of critical sections of the plant, including the central control room, the ammonia and urea bulk storage area, as well as the cooling tower. The Dangote group revealed that by the time the plant is fully commissioned, Nigeria will become self-sufficient in fertilizer production and even have the capacity to export the products to other African countries.
The company's group executive director of strategy, portfolio development and projects, Devakumar Edwin also stated that the plant which was constructed by Sapien of Italy and Tata Consulting Engineers of India will be the biggest in the world with the capacity for 3 million tons of fertilizer a year.
He noted that the plant is 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 on a daily basis.