By Crusoe Osagie
Determined to ensure its on-going $1.9 billion fertiliser plant in Edo state is of world-class standard, the Dangote Group has appointed TATA Consulting Engineering as its management consultants for the project.
The appointment of TATA came after the Pan-African Conglomerate signed the contract for the construction of the largest fertiliser plant in Africa with Saipem.
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, while speaking on the partnership deal, said his company was poised to putting a place a global standard fertiliser plant which will help revolutionise agriculture in the country and Africa as a whole, adding that this informed his choice of renowned partners in the construction of the plant.
According to him, the plant with a production capacity of 2,200 metric tonnes per day (MTPD) of Ammonia and 7,700 MTPD of granulated Urea (two 3,850 MTPD-capacity trains), will be the largest fertiliser plant in Nigeria, Africa. “Our ultimate goal is to build a world-class plant that meets the highest global standards”, Dangote noted.
Said he; “We trust TATA Consulting Engineers with this project as we believe they have capabilities to handle such a large scale project with multiple dimensions ,Our ultimate goal is to build a world-class plant that meets the highest global standards.”
He explained that TATA Consulting Engineers Limited, an integrated engineering solutions consultant will assist the Dangote Group with review engineering, construction management, quality management, health and safety management and the entire gamut of project management services.
TATA Consulting Engineers, Dangote said, have a track record of delivering complex projects working seamlessly with several entities, stating that the teams from the Dangote Group and TATA Consulting Engineers would work together to complete the project on schedule.
In his remark, the Managing Director of TATA Consulting Engineers Limited, Mr. J. P. Haran, expressed delight at the partnership deal between his company and the Dangote Group, pointing out that the contractual agreement would offer his organisation an opportunity to provide the world-class services that TATA is known for globally.
He described Dangote Group as one of the most diversified groups in Africa and known for its business excellence and quality products.
“TATA Consulting Engineers’ association with the Dangote Group is a long-standing one with several expansion projects, cement plants and power plants commissioned in the past.
“Our relationship with the Dangote Group is built on a strong foundation of mutual trust and we will ensure that we meet the Dangote Group’s expectations in delivery excellence and on time project completion”, Haran said.
The Dangote Group based in Lagos, Nigeria is one of the most diversified and fully integrated conglomerates in Africa with an annual group turnover in excess of N450 billion ($3 billion).
Renowned for its excellent business practices and quality products, the company’s operations cover sectors such as cement, sugar, food & beverages (salt, pasta, beverages) and real estate with new projects underway in the oil and gas, telecommunications, fertiliser and steel sectors.
The Group's core business focus is to provide local, value-added products and services that meet the 'basic needs' of the populace through the construction and operation of large scale manufacturing facilities in Nigeria and across Africa. The Group is focused on building local manufacturing capacity to generate employment, prevent capital flight and provide locally produced goods for the people.
Meanwhile, TATA Consulting Engineers Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TATA Sons Ltd, is an integrated engineering consultancy solutions provider since the past 50 years. It offers engineering services from concept to commissioning in key industry segments such as Power, Nuclear Energy, Chemicals, Infrastructure, Industrial, Mining & Minerals, Steel & Metals and Construction management.
With over 7000 successful projects delivered to global clients, TATA Consulting Engineers has established a good presence pan-India, Middle East, Africa & the USA. TATA Consulting Engineers’ African presence covers services in outage management, EPCM, PMC and Construction management.