Dangote Group enters JV with Saipem
Dangote Group, the West African industrial conglomerate owned by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has announced a multi-million dollar Joint Venture agreement with Italian engineering and construction giant Saipem.
According to a statement by Devakumar Edwin, group executive director of the Dangote Group, the new company will be named Saipem-Dangote E&C and will work towards securing complex engineering and construction projects in Nigeria and other African markets. Saipem-Dangote E&C aims to execute them at the highest levels of efficiency in terms of costs and timing, while maintaining sufficient flexibility to adapt to different project requirements.
“We are confident that our partnership with Saipem will position us as a major player in the oil and gas sector. Dangote’s standing in the sub–Saharan African market will complement Saipem’s unique capabilities in E&C in developing new business. Saipem values the satisfaction of its clients in the energy industry, tackling each challenge with safe, reliable and innovative solutions. Dangote Industries and Saipem shall gain mutual benefit from this partnership,” Edwin said.
Aliko Dangote, billionaire and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, pauses during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 21-24. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images
While Dangote Group will bring its financial strength, expertise and standing in the African market to the table, Saipem will complement with its unique capabilities in the E & C sector to make a successful collaboration.
“Saipem values the satisfaction of its clients in the energy industry, tackling each challenge with safe, reliable and innovative solutions. Dangote Industries and Saipem shall gain mutual benefit from this partnership,” Edwin said.
Dangote Group is West Africa’s largest industrial conglomerate with interests in cement production, sugar refining and flour milling. The group, which is currently developing a $9 billion oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Nigeria, is controlled by Aliko Dangote who is worth $16.5 billion according to FORBES billionaire rankings.
Saipem is 43% controlled by Italian oil major Eni.