The vice president of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has officially inaugurated a new liquid bulk terminal at the Port of Takoradi in western Ghana, according to reports.
Ghanaian media, including the Ghanaian Times and Modern Ghana, say that the new terminal is the largest in West Africa. It was built by Ghanaian infrastructure firm Ibistek, with funding from the Ghana Infrastructure and Investment Fund (GIIF), at a cost of US$56.7 million (€48 million). It has five loading arms for petrol, diesel, LPG, bitumen and heavy fuels, and can support vessels up to 60,000 tonnes, with a berth 14 m deep.
Pipelines feed into a header station, allowing importers to receive their cargoes. The reports say that with the complete of the terminal Ghana will easily be able to meet more than 50% of its domestic petroleum demands.
‘This project ties in with government’s drive toward ensuring efficiency in the country’s port operations by allowing for deeper anchoring and also to make it a major petroleum hub in the sub-region,’ Bawumia said at the ceremony. He also praised the Ibistek for delivering a project which exceeded expectations.