Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Keta Port Project is expected to be carried out in the first quarter of this year, Dr. Alexaander Yaw Adusei Junior, Director of Keta Port has disclosed.
Dr Adusei disclosing this to the media said the management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) anticipated that the assessment would begin in March and last for ten months.
He said the EIA would provide the GPHA with how much the developmental project would affect the situating environment.
He added that the GPHA would soon advertise for expression of interest for experts to conduct the assessment, adding that after the completion of the EIA, the government through GPHA would consider investors for the physical development of the port.
Touching on the feasibility conducted for the project, he revealed that the findings were in line with GPHA’s expectations.
Dr Adusei noted that the Authority was evaluating the feasibility studies to consider investments into the development of a cruise terminal, a ship repair facility, a fishing harbour in addition to cargo terminals.
He said the master plan for Keta was for a port facility that would transform into a port city just like it happened in Tema.
He indicated that the first phase of the project which was expected to cost USD600M would cover dredging works, reclamation, construction of the breakwater, and other basic marine works.
The Keta Port Director said for stakeholders and the public to fully understand the processes for the construction of the port and its related issue, the GPHA would intensify its stakeholder consultations to ensure that everyone was fully in sync with the developmental project.