Ghana plans to start next year the construction of the future seaport of Keta, located on the Atlantic coast, on the border with Togo. Feasibility studies are underway and are expected to be completed by March 2021. It will be carried out within the framework of a public-private partnership.
The Keta seaport project is progressing and the actual start of works will take place from next year. This is the assurance given by Ghanaian Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, who spoke this week before the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
He said that for the time being, feasibility studies are underway. These are being carried out by a consortium of consultants led by the German firm Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. The other four member companies are : ProTeln Service GmbH, PSP Architekten, Ingenieure and the Ghanaian Yogarib Engineering Services Limited.
It is expected that in the absence of major delays due to the covid-19 pandemic, the studies will be completed by the first quarter of 2021. The infrastructure will be built under a public-private partnership.
In 2018, the Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo, signed an executive instrument to begin construction of the Keta seaport. This signature materialised an election promise made to the local population. Subsequently, in March 2019, the government appointed Alexander Adusei as the port's general manager.
Located on the Atlantic coast on the border with Togo, the future Keta seaport will become Ghana's third largest seaport platform after those of Tema (Accra) and Takoradi. Its commissioning will offer, in addition to jobs, new opportunities to the Ghanaian port industry. It will also constitute a privileged gateway for neighbouring landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.