US$45m new Lavender Hill to generate 7.5MW of power

27 November 2016

US$45m new Lavender Hill to generate 7.5MW of power

Accra’s most eyesore sight, the Lavender Hill, has undergone reconstruction at the cost of US$45milllion, and is expected to generate over 150 tonnes of faecal septage which will be converted into energy and also generate 7.5MW.

The Lavender Hill has been in existence for the more than 100 years now. It is reported that more than about 200 cesspit trucks discharged liquid waste daily in the Lavender Hill.

The new Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant, which was inaugurated by President John Mahama on Friday, has a maximum treatment capacity of 2,400 cubic meters daily; and is expected to serve over two million people daily.

The project has an expected life span of 20 years, can also be used as an organic fertilizer, and will further create direct employment for some 250 people.

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. In fact, a survey carried out by the Ghana Statistical Service in 2002 showed that about 38percent of the population dispose of their liquid waste directly onto the streets.

The survey further reveal that 21percent dispose their waste water into street gutters, and another 35percent on their compound and the remaining one percent in other places not named.

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

It is important to note that the Adjei Kotoku Septage Treatment Plant, which commenced in 2012, has been completed and will enhance liquid waste management for Ga West District and its environs. The plant has a maximum treatment capacity of 100 cubic meters daily.

The waste water treatment plant at the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant is also completed and is expected to treat 1,500 cubic meters of liquid waste from about 90 cesspit emptiers daily.

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: Business and Financial Times