Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Limited (IFL), group company of Indorama Corporation, a global manufacturing conglomerate operating across Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas, operates the world’s largest single train urea plant in Nigeria since June 2016. IFL is the largest fertilizer producer in Sub-Saharan Africa with a total capacity to produce c.2.8 million metric tons of granular urea.
IFL’s complex comprises of two 2,300 metric tons per day Ammonia Plant of Purifier Ammonia Process Technology by KBR-USA, two 4,000 metric tons per day Urea synthesis plant of ACES 21 Synthesis Process Technology by TOYO Corporation and two 4,000 metric tons per day Urea Granulation Plant of Spout Bed Fluidizing Technology by TOYO Corporation, Japan and associated utilities. This world-scale urea complex comprises of Urea-Ammonia facilities, Captive Port Terminal, 83km gas pipeline and associated infrastructure facilities. IFL commissioned the 83km pipeline connecting the plant with the feedstock supplier at a design capacity of 235 mmscfd to support natural gas requirements of 2 urea lines.
IFL’s first urea line was commissioned in June 2016 and the second line ,which is a mirror-image of first line, in May 2021. With the commissioning of second urea line, IFL has a combined production capacity of 8,000 metric tons per day of Granular Urea and an annual capacity of 2.8 million metric tons making IFL the largest urea producer in Africa. IFL’s key focus has always been to cater to the growing fertilizer demand of the domestic market in Nigeria (both for direct application and NPK blending) and also to work towards bringing a green revolution in the country. The surplus production after supplying the domestic market is exported as Nigeria offers an excellent logistical as well as seasonal advantages to best serve regional markets in West & South of Africa and the natural export markets in South & North America. All the urea exports are handled by the captive port terminal, located 16kms from the complex, with a capacity to handle handy, supramax and panamax ships.
IFL’s both ammonia-urea lines were funded by IFC (investment arm of World Bank) and various European institutions and with their help IFL has implemented robust Stakeholder Engagement Plan to address the social aspects. IFL has also developed the highest ethical standard for work conditions and relationship between management, staff and labor in strict compliance with IFC Performance Standard 2.