Veep Commissions new terminal, interchange at Takoradi
The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has inaugurated a new terminal at the Takoradi Harbour.
The terminal will provide essential linkages in the oil and gas supply chain sector.
It has a draft of 14 metres and can handle bulk fuel carrier vessels weighing 60,000 tonnes.
The terminal has five separate loading arms that will allow for the discharge of finished petroleum products, including diesel, gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), heavy fuel oil (HFO) premium motor spirit (PMS) as well as bitumen from vessels.
Aside from these facilities, the terminal has a modern control room that will serve as a command centre to manage product discharge operations on the jetty automatically.
In addition, it has a 10-metre high fire monitor for fighting fire both at the loading arms and the discharging vessels.
The facility was constructed by Ibistek Ghana Limited through Marshalls Oil Service, a special purpose vehicle with the capacity to discharge 80,000 tonnes of liquid cargo (oil) per stream a day at the port.
It was financed by the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) and Consolidated Bank Ghana at a cost of $56 million.
After commissioning the project, the Vice President in a post on Facebook said: ”The efficiency of the new Bulk Liquid Terminal, which has five loading arms for five products, namely: petrol, diesel, LPG, heavy fuel and bitumen, will help BDC companies to avoid delays, which result in high demurrage cost.
The expansion of facilities at the Takoradi Port underlines our government’s commitment to improving maritime transport, which is significant to the growth of our economy.”
After that, he attended a ceremony to cut the sod for the construction of the first-ever interchange in the Western Region at the PTC roundabout in Takoradi.
This brings to six, the number of interchanges we have started in our first term of office.
He also inspected ongoing road projects in Kansaworodo, cut the sod for the construction of a market in the same area, as well as inspected the on-going construction of the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly office in Kwesimintsim.
”My visit also took me to the Western Regional House of Chiefs Secretariat, where I inaugurated the re-constituted Western Regional House of Chiefs, following the creation of the Western North Region out of the Western Region,” Dr. Bawumia said.