Work on the construction of an US$11.5 million state-of-the-art, fully customised wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Kumasi to solve the environmental and sanitation problem in the Ashanti Region will begin this month.
The (1000 m3/day) project, which is being executed by a Hungarian company, Pureco, will be the first facility to be constructed by the Jospong Group of Companies in Kumasi to help address faecal waste disposal problems in the region.
Expected to be completed by the middle of 2019, the facility will be able to treat all the liquid waste generated in Kumasi and also halt the discharging of faecal waste into water bodies in the region.
An agreement to that effect was signed last week Friday by the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyapong and the Chief Executive Officer of Pureco Limited, Mr Balint Horvath.
Also present at the signing ceremony was the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea.
The facility will be managed by the Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited (SSGL), an engineering, construction and procurement specialist subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies that focuses on the provision of efficient liquid waste treatment technologies.
Briefing the press after the signing ceremony, the Managing Director SSGL, Mr Haidar Said, said the project would be funded by the Hungarian Exim Bank, with the support of the Hungarian government, and financial contribution from the Jospong Group.
Mr Said noted that the facility was part of the measures being put in place by the company to properly manage waste in all the 10 regions of Ghana.
He explained that as soon as the Kumasi facility was completed, there would be a process to commence other facilities at Tamale and Takoradi in the Northern and Western Regions respectively.
According to Mr Said, the facility in Kumasi would have about 40 per cent capacity compared to the Lavendar Hill Treatement Plant which is owned by the same company.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Pureco Limited, Mr Balint Horvath, said his company was specialized in design and construction of Sewerage and waste water treatment plants, as well as solid waste recycling plants.
Apart from that, he said the company was also into the construction of drinking water treatment facility in various capacity.
Touching on the facility in Kumasi, Mr Horvath said it would be constructed in a way that would help treat liquid waste generated, adding that the company intended to use the best of materials to come out with a modern waste facility.
“Right now, we are ready to begin the necessary process to begin work and we intend to complete it on schedule,” he added.