Kumasi, Nov 17, GNA - An 87 million-dollar plant to re-cycle waste and use garbage to produce electricity, bitumen and other products will soon be installed in Kumasi by Cinergex Solutions, a Canadian company next year.
Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), initiated the project during a visit to Canada last year to meet investors on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly's (KMA's) Waste Management Project.
Mr J.S. Steve Gilchrist, President and leader of a four-man delegation of the Company, announced this at a meeting with staff and Assembly Members of the KMA and newsmen in Kumasi on Tuesday. He said the company would build and operate the plant for 15 years and hand it over to the Assembly.
Mr Gilchrist, who is also the Vice-President of the Canadian Hydrogen Energy Limited, pointed out that the re-cycling of garbage would ensure clean environment within the Kumasi metropolis. He said the system was being operated in some countries including Canada, Indonesia, China and Malaysia successfully.
The President of the Cinergex Solutions said KMA would have to provide enough land and security for the plant to work efficiently. Mr Jumah described the company's intervention as a welcome relief since waste management was the major problem facing the assembly. He said the Assembly was spending two billion cedis every month on the collection of garbage.
The MCE said KMA would discuss the possibility of the Volta River Authority (VRA) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) buying electricity generated by the company to help sustain its operations. A member of the delegation, Mr Roy Anthony Duodu-Sarpong, a Ghanaian business executive based in Canada, appealed to the VRA and the ECG to show interest in the electricity to be generated by the company. KMA and the company later signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pave way for the final preparation of the contract for the project.