The first phase of the Takoradi port expansion works is expected to be completed by May this year.
Work is said to be 92 per cent complete and upon completion, the project will enable the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to handle larger dry and liquid bulk vessels/cargos to eliminate the double handling situation at the port.
Apart from reducing cost of operations, the project, which is being executed by a Belgian contractor, Jan De Nul (JDN), will also improve the revenue generation capacity of the GPHA and create employment in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
At a press briefing in Takoradi Thursday, the acting director of the Takoradi Port, Capt Ebenezer Afedzi (retd), indicated that variation on the phase II of the project had reached 23 per cent and that by the next couple of years, the whole project would have been completed.
He said in January this year, parliament approved 160 million Euros for the continuation of the expansion works at the port.
“We are deepening the sea so as to accommodate more ships trooping to the port; because we want the Takoradi port to be a preferred destination within the sub-region where investors can bring in large consignments as a hub,” Capt Afedzi added.
He said a cement production company, Dangote, had expressed interest in establishing a new factory on a reclaimed land and that such an investment would not only create employment for the youth in the metropolis but also be a source of revenue.
“We want to accommodate all the oil and gas business entities so that by the end of the century, we would have achieved our vision for the port as a preferred business destination,” Capt Afedzi further indicated.
The Project Manager, Alhaji Ing. Huseini Suleiman, explained that the amendment works included further dredging of the access channel and the turning basin, continuous dredging of the bulk jetty quay and the reclamation of land.