Madrid, 29 April 2011. Abengoa, the company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has signed an agreement with Ghana Water Limited Company (GWCL), Ghana’s public water trading company, to construct a desalination plant and to operate it for 25 years in the town of Nungua, south eastern Ghana, some 15 kilometres from the capital. This will be the first desalination project that the company has developed in West Africa.
The plant, which will require an investment of $115 million and will have a capacity to produce 60,000 cubic metres of water per day, represents an important step forward in improving the facilities for supplying drinking water in the country, which has a rapidly expanding population. The capital, Accra, has a population of approximately three million people and currently struggles to meet demand from the surrounding towns and villages. The new desalination plant will therefore help to supply local areas such as Teshie, Nungua and Tema.
The new plant will be developed under a DBOT format – design, build, operate and maintain, own and possibly transfer. The agreement also includes the development of the necessary infrastructure for the seawater intake, the application of the ultra-filtration pre-treatment system using proprietary technology, desalination using reverse osmosis (the most up-to-date technology), and the use of efficient energy recovery solutions, among others. Abengoa will be responsible for operating the plant for 25 years from the date it comes into operation.
The plant is highly anticipated by the Ghanaian authorities and the local population alike, thanks to the sustainability of the project and the improved quality of life that it will bring to local inhabitants. Furthermore, this will be the first desalination project that Abengoa has developed in Ghana and West Africa.
This project will increase Abengoa’s installed water desalination capacity, which already exceeds 1.3 million cubic metres per day, enough to supply drinking water to eight million people. Abengoa’s technology is helping to solve the serious issue of the shortage of drinking water in numerous countries around the world, while also promoting their global development.