Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, today commissioned the new world-class fertiliser plant built by Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. A statement from the office of the Ag.President said on Wednesday that the plant with production capacity for 1.5 million Metric Tons of Urea fertilizer is considered the world’s largest single-train Urea plant.
“The plant will bring about a green revolution in the agriculture sector not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of Africa and beyond, in line with the economic diversification of the Buhari administration…Besides making fertiliser available to farmers nationwide at affordable cost, the plant will also boost crop yield for farmers and help in minimising the food grain deficit in Nigeria,”
The plant reportedly has a production capacity of 4000 metric tons (MT) of nitrogenous fertiliser per day or 1.5 MT per annum and was built with an investment of 1.5 billion Dollars. The plant consists of 2300 TPD Ammonia plant, 4000 TPF Urea plant, 83 km long Gas Pipeline, and an Export Port Terminal.
The main plant, measuring approximately 40 hectares, is located within the perimeter of Indorama’s existing petrochemical site in Port Harcourt. The Gas Pipeline for the fertilizer plant was constructed by IEFCL within an existing 15 meter wide Right of Way (“ROW”).
Part of the $1.5billion was used to build a new jetty at Onne Port on a plot of land measuring approximately 6 hectares
The jetty comprises 320 m long Quay along with terminal infrastructure including all material handling facilities necessary for urea and a urea storage facility with a capacity of 45,000 MT. The transfer of urea from the fertilizer plant will be by road via an existing road network.
The opening of the plant is expected to boost the agriculture sector not just in Nigeria, but also in Africa and beyond.
Eleme Petrochemicals Company Ltd, now Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited was privatised in 2006 after the sale of the Nigerian Government’s 75 percent shares to a core investor through a bidding process