The Accra Sewerages Systems Ghana Ltd. is set to expand and upgrade its liquid waste treatment plant and technologies to treat more liquid waste within Accra and its environs.
The expansion project, which is going to be undertaken by EMO – an environmental technology company based in France, will help increase the plant’s capacity to treat its current input of 2,000 to 3,500 cubic metres of liquid waste per day.
An additional technology will be added to help sieve out solid waste that is normally found in the liquid waste brought to the facility.
At a brief ceremony to sign the agreements to begin work on the expansion, Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, tasked the contractor to build and install a robust technology, as promised, to help solve the unique composition of Ghana’s liquid waste.
He said issue of Sanitation is a priority in Ghana, hence the need to frequently expand and upgrade technologies to meet the increasing need for disposal of liquid waste in Accra.
Dr. Agyepong indicated that work on the Kumasi Liquid waste treatment plant is almost complete, and will soon serve the liquid waste treatment needs of people within the Ashanti Region.
He revealed that similar works in the Western Region, Tema and Tamale have begun, and the capacities to be built will help receive all manner of liquid waste and prevent indiscriminate dumping of wastewater – which is a serious health hazard.
He tasked the contractor to roll-out a local content capacity building, where staff will be trained in design and maintenance of the technology to help transfer knowledge to Ghanaians who will be managing the new plant.
The Chief Executive Officer of EMO, Phillippe Hardouin who co-signed the agreement, stated that such a partnership with the Jospong Group is the first of its kind in which a French technology will be used in Ghana to treat liquid waste.
He emphasised that the plant to be built is robust and specially designed by top-notch engineers to help solve the problem of solid waste mixed together with the liquid waste, and the increased generation of wastewater.
He said the Executive Chairman’s request to train local staff has been considered, and this will help to properly maintain the plant when installed.
Mr. Hardouin said the technology to be used has never existed anywhere in the world, and its uniqueness will bring more investment opportunities into the country.
The Managing Director of Sewerages Systems Ghana Limited, Ing. (Mrs) Florence Cobbold who signed on behalf of the Jospong Group, said the new plant will expand the company’s operations to receive over 350 cesspit trucks per day; which is a huge leap from the previous capacity of 200 trucks per day.
She said the expansion is to contain all liquid waste brought to the facility and prevent instances wherein people begin to dump at unauthorised places due to long queues at the plant.
Mrs. Cobbold indicated the new plant will be able to sieve out other components of the waste that is brought to the facility – such as used condoms, sanitary pads, diapers among other Solids.
She is optimistic that the new project will bring a lot of relief to current handlers of the plant, as automating the new plant will bring excitement among staff and increase productivity.
Sewerages Systems Ghana Limited is the game-changer in Ghana’s fight against improper disposal of liquid waste, and has helped solve Ghana’s 100 year-long problem of dumping liquid waste into the sea.
Since establishing the plant in 2012, it has built similar ones in Adjen Kotoku, James Town, Kumasi and other communities in Ghana.
The plant was featured on CNN’s innovative cities as a project that is helping turn human waste into green energy.