THE government of Ghana plans to begin the construction of Keta seaport early next year. This was confirmed by Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah when addressing the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Asiamah said that the feasibility studies for the project are progressing well and are expected to be completed by March 2021. The studies are being carried out by a consortium that comprises ProTeln Service GmbH, PSP Architekten, Ingenieure, and the Ghanaian Yogarib Engineering Services Limited, all of which are headed by Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH.
In addition to the feasibility studies, the consortium will also provide a master plan, including development and investment strategy for the project.
The conception of the project
The Keta seaport project begun two years ago after President Nana Akufo-Addo signed an executive instrument for the start of the implementation of the project. In March 2019, the government appointed Alexander Adusei as the general manager of the future port, and a site for the construction of the facility was selected on the Atlantic coast, on the border with Togo.
In February this year, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority advertised a tender for the feasibility studies and selected the above-mentioned consultants who begun work in April with the first feasibility indicators expected within a period of seven months.
Expectations for the future Keta seaport
The seaport is expected to become Ghana’s third port platform after those of Tema and Takoradi. Once operational, in addition to jobs, the facility will offer new opportunities for the Ghanaian port industry. It will also be a privileged gateway for neighbouring landlocked countries, including Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.
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