German Environmental Technology Applied in Ghana

A joint project of the DEG and AWAS, a specialist in environmental technology in the sector of water and wastewater, installed a demonstration facility for waste-water treatment for Ghana Nuts Limited, a manufacturer of edible oil, which was inaugurated in 2011. In this way, industrial waste water will in future be professionally treated in Ghana, with support from Germany. Furthermore, AWAS aims at boosting the exchange on water management between companies, institutions, the university and the population in Ghana with the help of the demonstration facility.

German Environmental Technology Applied in Ghana

Industrial waste water will be professionally treated in Ghana in the future due to a PPP that Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), has helped implement in Techiman in central Ghana. The private partner of the project is the German medium-sized company AWAS International GmbH, a specialist for the planning, production and assembly of innovative environmental technology in the sector of water and wastewater. AWAS contributes 203,500 euros to the project. DEG complements this amount by 200,000 euros.

Clean water is becoming scarcer and scarcer in Ghana, as a result of population growth, urbanisation, industrial pollution and the extension of the irrigation agriculture. Water treatment technologies are hardly in place. Waste-water treatment constitutes an immense problem in the out-dated municipal facilities. This is where the AWAS project comes in: the company installs an exemplary facility for waste-water treatment for Ghana Nuts Limited (GNL), a manufacturer of edible oil. It treats the around 60,000 litres of waste water which are produced every day, and recycles the major part for the production process. GNL staff are trained on the operation, repair and maintenance of the plant to allow them to use it independently also in the future. In addition, road shows around the topic of waste-water management are being planned. Within the scope of the project, AWAS will install a public fresh water well in the immediate vicinity to the facility, which will, amongst others, supply a hospital under construction. A biological lighting system will prevent bacteria from contaminating the well water.

The project aims at boosting the know-how transfer and exchange on water management between companies, institutions, the university and the population in Ghana, and at sensitizing the population for the topic in this way. The governmental environment authority of Ghana will be assisted in terms of new standards of water quality. With the help of the demonstration plant, AWAS will be provided with reliable market data and will be in a position to present itself as a competent partner for water and waste-water treatment in the African market.

Partners

  • Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

    Investment & Finance
    Germany | Staff size: 251-500

    Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW, is a European development finance institutions for long-term project and company financing. For 50 years, DEG has...

  • AWAS International GmbH

    Service Providers
    Germany | Staff size: 51-100

    The developments of AWAS International have seriously changed the handling of process water and industrial wastewater in the recent decades.

    Patented system modules with almost...

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Key Information

LocationGhana, West Africa
StatusCompleted
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2011
  • ValueEUR 404 Thousand
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