Ghana is set to build a 400KW integrated waste-to-energy power plant in the nation for the disposal of municipal solid waste.
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng held the ground-breaking ceremony, to pave the way for the project to begin. He currently is the Minister of Environment Science, Technology, and Innovation.
The power plant will be located in the Ashanti region in Atwima Nwabiagya. The project comes at a time when the country is looking to find a long-term solution to the solid waste threat.
The plant will be designed and run as a pilot project in four years, after which ten or more are planned to be installed in different regions within the next 10 to 20 years. Upon completion, it is expected to help close the carbon cycle by developing the process value chain with the production and use of compost that would be sold to farmers to boost agriculture and reduce mineral fertilizers while improving the soil structure.
The German government is funding the initiative at the cost of US $7M. During the construction period, more than 50 job opportunities would be created. The minister described the project as a sign of collaboration between Ghana and Germany, which was also a strengthening of ties between the two countries.