08 October 2020 – According to Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Ghana’s country minister of transport, plans to start construction at the Keta seaport are well underway and it is expected that work will start early next year.
Asiamah revealed these plans when he addressed the Ghanaian Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) a week ago. According to Asiamah he expects the feasibility studies for this large civils project to be completed early in 2021.
The feasibility studies are being prepared by a consortium including ProTeln Service, PSP Architekten, Ingenieure, and the Ghanaian Yogarib Engineering Services. The consortium is headed by Sellhorn Ingenieurgesellschaft. In addition to the feasibility studies, the consortium will also provide a master plan, including development and investment strategy for the project.
According to an article that first appeared in ConstructionReview online (authored by Amen Mpofu) the Keta seaport construction process got underway two years ago when Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, signed the necessary documents. In March 2019, the government appointed Alexander Adusei as the general manager of the future port, and a site for the construction of the facility was selected on the Atlantic coast, on the border with Togo.
In February 2020, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority advertised a tender for the feasibility studies and selected the above-mentioned consultants who begun work in April 2020 with the first feasibility indicators expected within a period of seven months.
Once completed Keta will become Ghana’s third port. The other ports in Ghana are Tema in Accra and Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana. Once operating, Keta will be a convenient gateway for neighbouring landlocked countries like Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.