GHANA: Budapest lends €70m for the construction of 13 wastewater treatment plants

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A new financing agreement has been signed between Jospong Group of Companies (JGC) and the Hungarian government. The €70 million loan, which will be granted through Exim Bank of Hungary, will be used for the construction of 13 wastewater treatment plants in several regions of Ghana still lacking such facilities.

In Ghana, 13 regions will soon be equipped with wastewater treatment plants. This is thanks to a new sanitation project implemented by the local flagship Jospong Group of Companies (JGC). The financing will be provided by Exim Bank of Hungary through a EUR 70 million loan.

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JGC will work with Pureco, a Hungarian-based company, under a public-private partnership (PPP) for the implementation of the project. The wastewater treated at the various treatment plants will be returned to nature, reducing pollution and the spread of waterborne diseases. The sludge from the wastewater treatment plants will be transformed into fertilizer for use by farmers.

Three regions already equipped with treatment plants

Details on the capacity of the future effluent treatment plants are not yet available. The new plants will support existing ones, including three facilities built with a loan from Hungary. Delivered in 2021 by JGC and Pureco, the three wastewater treatment plants are located in Takoradi in the Western Region, Tamale in the Northern Region and Kumasi in the Ghana Region. Each of the plants has a capacity of 1,000 m3 per day.

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These 16 treatment plants will improve the level of sanitation in the country. The Ghanaian government is also planning to build a wastewater treatment plant in the city of Tema, located 25 km east of the capital Accra. The future plant will treat 44,000 m3 of effluent per day from Tema’s sewers, as well as 1,000 m3 of septic tank sludge. The plant will support the existing 20,000 m3 per day plant in the city.

Zoomlion, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group, will operate the future Tema wastewater treatment plant. The company also provides waste management services in several cities in Ghana.

Inès Magoum

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