Shell agrees to develop Nigeria gas field for Dangote fertilizer

(Reuters) - Shell Plc has made a final investment decision to build a gas supply facility in Nigeria to feed a fertilizer plant owned by Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, the company said in a statement.

The new facility will supply 100 MMf3 of gas per day from the Iseni field to the Dangote Fertilizer and Petrochemical plant for 10 years, according to the deal agreed by Shell SHEL.L and its joint venture partners TotalEnergies, Eni and the state oil firm NNPC Ltd.

The $2.5 B plant, Africa's largest urea complex with a 3-MMt output per year, accounts for 65% of Nigeria's fertilizer needs and can supply all the major markets in the sub-region.

"The agreement is a critical step in pursuing the development of the gas-rich Iseni field, which is part of the Okpokunou Cluster in Oil Mining Lease 35" in the oil-rich Bayelsa state, Shell's Nigeria chief, Osagie Okunbor, said in an email.

Nigeria holds Africa's largest gas reserves of more than 200 Tcf and is seeking to develop the reserves to boost supply to industries, power plants, and for exports.

Okunbor said the project will increase the delivery of gas to the domestic market and help stimulate economic growth.

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