Ghana completes 65 Ml/d seawater desalination plant near Accra

Ghana has completed its 65 Ml/d Teshie-Nungua seawater desalination water project.

Ghana's deputy minister of communications, Felix Kwakye-Ofosu said the project will end perenial water problems for the people of Teshie-Nungua and surrounding areas close to the Ghanaian capital, Accra. The people in the region have been experiencing acute water shortages for more than two decades.

The situation has concerned many who live in the area with many accusing the government of neglect. Parliament had earlier approved a US$ 110 million loan facility for a water purchase agreement between the Ghana Water Company and the Befesa Desalination Development Ghana to help transform seawater into potable water for Ghanaians.

According to the minister the project was planned to serve about 500,000 people in the Teshie-Nungua area. It was implemented through a Build, Operate, Own and Transfer mechanism.

The project is complete "save for minor installations," Kwakye-Ofosu said.

In a related development, the deputy minister indicated that about three similar water related projects have been completed and are awaiting commissioning. They include Kpong water supply expansion project, Kpong intake rehabilitation project, and Accra- Tema Metropolitan area water supply project.

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