Ghana to Generate 7.5MW from Human Waste

The Lavender Hill in Greater Accra, known for the bad stench from the waste discharged there by cesspit trucks, has been reconstructed and is expected to generate over 150 tonnes of faecal septage for power generation.
The reconstruction cost US$45 million and is expected to generate 7.5MW. The new Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant has a maximum treatment capacity of 2,400 cubic meters daily; and it is anticipated to serve over two million people daily.

The project which was inaugurated by President John Dramani Mahama has an expected life span of 20 years.

The project  will also create direct employment for about 250 people and can will provide for organic fertilizer.

The plant has the capacity to treat 2,000 cubic meters of liquid waste from about 200 cesspit trucks daily and is also stocked with a well-equipped laboratory, in addition to a machine for odour control.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new Lavender Hill and the Mudor treatment plant rehabilation, President Mahama said, government will partner the private sector to undertake similar projects in all the regional capitals in order to improve the handling of liquid waste in the country. 

“This project is one of its kind in the sub-region region and our aim is to replicate it in other parts of the country especially the regional capitals. We are also looking at district capitals that have bigger population sizes so that we can effectively handle the liquid waste all over the country,” President Mahama said.

The new Lavender Hill was constructed by Nanjing Wonders Environmental Protection Company Limited, a Chinese construction firm, for Sewerage Systems Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Jospong Group of Companies.

Construction of the new plant began in September 2014. The ultimate objective of the plant is to give Ghanaians, especially residents of James town and Korle Gonno, a more decent and environmentally acceptable standard facility. 

Disposal of liquid sewerage has been a major problem in larger cities in Ghana, especially in the capital. 

Statistics from the Greater Accra Liquid Waste Association indicates that as many as 400 cesspit operators discharge liquid waste into the ocean daily at peak periods.

The projects are expected to help improve the sanitation and sewerage systems in the city, something that has long been a menace city authorities are battling with.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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