Africa’s richest man on earth, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has been leading the train in creating job opportunities in Nigeria, in the best way he can. His several investments created on the continent has brought about remarkable growth in Africa and Nigeria as a whole, making it so interesting that no family in Nigeria will be seen without keeping in “touch” with Dangote’s product on a daily basis.
But then, on his newest investment, the Dangote Refinery, here are some facts you need to know.
- Over $4 billion worth of equipment currently sits on the site.
- The project is slated to cost $14 billion (N5 trillion) of which Dangote is contributing $7 billion in equity.
- The project site is 8 times larger than Victoria Island. It is located on 2135 hectares of land in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos near the Lekki Free Zone.
- It is the largest industrial complex in Africa.
- Work goes on, on the site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- World Record 2.72 million accident free hours recorded on site, without a single lost time to injuries.
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- It is the largest single train grass roots refinery in the world with a processing capacity of 650,000 BPSD.
- Dangote Group brought in the world’s #1, #2, and #5 sand dredgers to sand fill the site. 60% of the land being swampy.
- During construction, the project will employ over 25,000 Nigerians and will employ over 300,000 workers upon completion.
- Dangote is investing over $7 billion (N1.4 trillion) in the project.
- It is the largest single train refinery project on the planet.
- When this project comes online, Nigeria will save a minimum of $10 billion a year on imports.
- The Ammonia component of the plant will produce 2.8 million tonnes of Urea.
- Dangote is producing its own electricity to power the plant and by so doing is saving 75% costs. Dangote produces electricity at a rate that is significantly cheaper than the Federal Government. Dangote’s cost is $400,000/MW, while Federal Government is $2,000,000/MW.
- All the civil engineering is done by Nigerian companies.
- The plant has an export value of $6 billion per annum, meaning Dangote’s efforts will increase the amount of foreign exchange in Nigeria’s foreign reserves by at least 40% of current value on a yearly basis.
- Dangote said when this project comes on line, his friend Femi Otedola will save at least N26 per litre on millions of litres of diesel and petrol which his companies import annually. These savings will be passed on to the consumers and it will take a lot of pressure off the banks.
- Billions of Naira were paid to acquire the land and to settle the existing communities. More money was also allocated and spent to relocate the existing communities.
- This project will restore the dignity of Nigeria, a crude-producing country that has for years gone abroad to meet its demand for refined products.
- Refined products to be produced at the plant include but is not limited to Propane, Petrol, Jet Fuel, Diesel, Kerosene, Carbon Black, Polypropylene, Polyethylene.
- The United States Trade and Development Agency is supporting this project with $997 million.
Credit: Utuk Iyanga.
While some people might have argued that he is not really doing much, maybe this one will silence them.