Part of plant ready but testing hampered by virus disruption.
Facility is the world’s biggest with 3 million tons capacity.
Currently the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote Group’s fertilizer plant is now under construction in Nigeria’s biggest city of Lagos, and will be ready to start production next year, according to Saipem SpA, the builders.
The facility is located in the Lekki district and has a name-plate capacity of 3 million tons a year of urea and ammonia, making it the world’s biggest. It is in the vicinity of a 650,000 barrels a day Dangote oil refinery also under construction.
Meanwhile, heavy lifting and transport contractor Mammoet has set a new record in Nigeria, moving the largest components for the Dangote Petroleum Refinery, the world’s largest single train refinery
This includes a 3000-ton regenerator, which is the heaviest item ever to be transported over a public road in Africa.
Working on the Dangote Petroleum Refinery construction project, Mammoet has successfully and safely received and transported the majority of heavy refinery components for the project.
Upon completion, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery will reportedly have the capacity to process 650,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It is expected to have a significant impact on the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the nation’s overall economy, reducing its dependency on the imports of petroleum products and bringing major employment opportunities. Mammoet’s meticulous level of planning and execution, along with the strong support of Nigerian partner Northridge Engineering, have ensured all vital components are delivered to site safely and on schedule.
Test runs started at the plant in March, though hampered by the disruptions that came with the coronavirus pandemic, said Maurizio Coratella, chief operating officer of Saipem SpA.
Saipem is making special arrangements, including setting up dedicated flights for vendors and suppliers to enable it meet the completion deadline, he said.
Saipem’s operations in Nigeria, where it’s been in business for more than 50 years, span several industries including oil, gas and power. Among its four major construction contracts currently running in the West African country, it expects a 430-megawatt power plant being built for Eni SpA in the southern delta region to start operating within weeks.
Mammoet, in a published statement said they received the 3000-ton regenerator cargo at the new Dangote Quay Lekki, which was specifically built for the project. The components, ranging in weight and dimensions, were either received from the ship’s hook onto SPMTs or directly loaded off from Ro-Ro vessels. They were then transported over a 10-kilometer route. Once on site they were placed into storage on freshly paved Enviro-Mat, Mammoet’s innovative and sustainable solution for ground reinforcement, which is also being used to provide the main crane hard stands.
The 3000-ton regenerator is said to measure 56 meters long, 23 meters wide and 25 meters high. It was offloaded from the ship by roll off method using 108 axle lines of SPMT in 3 x 36 lines configuration and then safely transported to the site. Similarly, a 1673-ton reactor, measuring 44 meters long, 16 meters wide and 17 meters high, was transported using 78 axle lines in 3 x 26 lines configuration. Lifting and installation of the refinery equipment will commence later this month.