Two years ago, Pureco-Unit Consortium started its first major investment in Africa in the city of Kumasi, Ghana. A unique solution for the treatment of the city's untreated wastewater was designed and built under the name, Septopure technology.
The wastewater treatment plant was inaugurated on 20 May 2021 at a ceremony attended by high-level government and business representatives.
This project is a significant milestone for both the Hungarian and Ghanaian sides, as this is the country's first water industry development using Hungarian technology.
The Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant was designed and built by the Pureco-Unit Consortium for one of Ghana's largest private groups, the Jospong Group of Companies. The Hungarian EXIM bank provided a unique type of financing for the project in the form of buyer’s credit, that is, a loan to the Ghanaian partner that made the implementation and the daily work effective and also ensured a stable financial return. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided stable economic and diplomatic backing for the project.
The ceremony was graced by the presence of Hon. Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghanaian Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, in her speech underlined the importance of the excellent business, professional and human partnership between Ghana and Hungary. The Minister also praised the environmental and health benefits of the project, which will reduce surface and groundwater pollution and the incidence of diseases caused by contaminated drinking water. Furthermore, it will improve sanitation and significantly reduce the country's ecological footprint. Thanks to the new plant, Ghana will significantly contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In her speech, she said that the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant is an important milestone in the Ghanaian government's liquid waste management. She described the project as a commendable undertaking.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, CEO of the Jospong Group of Companies expressed his appreciation to the Consortium, the Hungarian and Ghanaian governments, the Hungarian EXIM bank and all the contributors and project participants for the successful implementation of the project. In his handover speech, he gave details of the successful cooperation and also mentioned plans for the wastewater treatment plants in Takoradi and Tamale, also by the Pureco Group, where preparations have already started. He was pleased to announce that the plant would provide employment for around 1200 people (200 directly and 1000 indirectly).
Mr. Bálint Horváth, head of the Pureco Group, called the day a unique and special one. The first Hungarian-Ghanaian wastewater treatment project is a huge professional success for the Pureco-Unit Consortium. He was really pleased that the development improves the quality of daily life of people in Kumasi. He added: "Throughout our work, we have paid particular attention to provide our Ghanaian colleagues with sustainable water treatment technology with the Septopure facility. It was developed and implemented entirely on a bespoke basis, based on local needs. In addition to the technical design and implementation, it was important from the outset that the local colleagues were provided with all the necessary support they needed to run the system independently at a high standard. To this end, we organised a training programme for 10 Ghanaian engineers that was held online due to the COVID-19.
We are proud to have delivered our first investment in Africa with an exemplary cooperation. The partnership in Ghana does not end there, we will keep developing Ghanaian wastewater treatment with Septopure technology in Tamale and Takoradi in the coming years.