Indorama Eleme Fertilizer (DFC-ELEME)

  • Africa
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Nigeria
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Specific Location
Eleme, Port Harcourt; Onne Port Complex; Aleto, Okerewa, Agbonchia, Njuru, Akpajo, Elelenwo
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Financial Institutions
  • US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Indorama Eleme Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Energy
  • Industry and Trade
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 74.20 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ DFC website

Updated in EWS Oct 14, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated by the DFC, the Project involves development of a third train for the production of ammonia at the rate of 2,300 metric tonnes per day (MTPD) and granulated urea at the
rate of 4,000 MTPD (Line 3 Plant) at the existing petrochemicals complex of Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (IEFCL). The third train will be constructed adjacent to the first and second trains with a similar production capacity. The first train was commissioned in 2016, with funding from IFC and other DFIs. Natural gas will be used in a steam reformer to generate hydrogen which will then be combined with nitrogen from the air to manufacture ammonia. Ammonia will then be reacted with carbon dioxide from the steam reformer to manufacture granulated urea. Natural gas is currently being piped to IEFCL’s petrochemicals complex from nearby gas fields. The gas supply company will transport gas for the third train by adding another pipeline in the pipeline corridor in an existing right-of-way.

The Line 3 Plant will contain steam production, cooling tower, water treatment, product handling, power generation, nitrogen plant, air and instrument air, passive and active firefighting systems, along with product storage and material handling facilities. In addition, the expansion of production facilities will result in an estimated surplus of
400 MTPD of ammonia. To facilitate exports of fertilizer and ammonia, IEFCL will also undertake the construction of a dedicated jetty, the Line 3 Jetty. Positioned approximately
20 kilometers from the fertilizer production site, at the Onne Port Complex, this planned jetty will expand Indorama’s existing export infrastructure capacity by providing
necessary storage and export capabilities for the surplus ammonia and bulk urea produced by Line 3. The jetty is considered an associated facility to the Project.

A complaint on behalf of IEFCL employees was filed with IFC’s CAO in 2018. The CAO is currently undertaking a compliance review of the case and is in the monitoring phase.

Investment Description
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No information on DFC's investment available at the time of disclosure.

Private Actors Description
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As stated by the IFC, Indorama is "a global business entity with US$29.6 bn in revenues. Indorama was established in 1976, and it is wholly owned by Mr. S.P. Lohia and family. Indorama manufactures polyester, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins and bottles, polyester intermediates, polyethylene, polypropylene, spun yarns, fabrics, disposable gloves, hygiene, and fertilizers. Indorama is the world’s largest producer of polyester and PET resins as well as one of the fastest growing global petrochemical producers with a presence in 39 countries across 175 sites across Asia, Europe, Africa, and Americas."

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd Client Industry and Trade

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A copy of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) may be found at the following locations -

Indorama Eleme Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd:

Indorama Petrochemicals Complex, East -West Expressway, Eleme, PMB-5151, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Federal Ministry of Environment, EIA Division:

Environment House, Independence Way, South Central Business District-FCT, Abuja, Nigeria


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