Armech Africa Limited, a subsidiary of the Armech Group, will build a $ 300 million waste-to-energy (W2E) power plant in Tema to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy.
Armech Africa Limited, designer and manufacturer of modern industrial processes, has therefore signed a public-private partnership agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana for this purpose.
The project will be pre-financed by the Armech group through Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a Chinese multinational bank, without any sovereign guarantee from the government of Ghana.
It will create more than 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and will also increase access to green and renewable electricity and reduce environmental risks as well as exposure to harmful pollution.
The construction will be carried out by Energy China, one of the largest providers of complete solutions for the energy sector and infrastructure projects in China and around the world. Mr Andrew Quainoo, Director of Armech Africa, revealed it to the press during a visit by a delegation from the Armech group, after a two-day working visit to some selected landfills in the region of Greater Accra as part of the preparations for the construction of the plant.
He said that ARMECH Africa had, since March 2015, signed an agreement on waste raw materials with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as well as six other metropolitan and municipal assemblies in the Greater Accra region.
They include the metropolitan assemblies of Accra and Tema, Ga South, Ga East and the municipal assemblies of La-Dade Kotopon. Mr Quainoo said building the plant would dramatically improve environmental sustainability, improve public health and limit the need for landfills, while producing the scarce base renewable energy.
He said his company has the capacity to process the expected 3,000 metric tons of waste generated daily in the Accra region to generate around 60 megawatts of clean energy through incineration. “This project will be the first waste-to-energy project in the Economic Community of West African States and there are plans to develop a second plant in Kumasi, the regional capital of Ashanti.”
Mr Quainoo said that an independent study had identified the serious danger to communities in Greater Accra from toxic leachate (biodegraded waste that contains pests and diseases, which seeps from landfills into the water table and the constant emissions of burning landfills.)
He said the spread of malaria, the most common communicable disease, along with other major communicable diseases in Accra was associated with poor environmental sanitation. Mr. Quainoo noted that Armech’s intervention would go a long way in treating the 3.5 million cases of malaria recorded each year, including 900,000 among children under the age of five.
He said Armech plans to invest in 15 specialized drain cleaning tips worth over $ 1 million and that the materials collected from the drains will ultimately be transported to the factory as raw material. additional.
Mr Quainoo called on the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, which is now mandated to address the threat of sanitation in the country, to step up action on the way forward as it currently reviews the contract signed with the assemblies.
He called on them to focus on the critical intervention Armech was providing to save lives, property and provide jobs for Ghanaians. The Armech group has partners including Banker Hughes, Qatar Petroleum, LAFARGE, ACCOR, EXXONMobil, Shell, Chevron, VEOLIA and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense.