Sojitz, one of Japan’s leading trading companies, will construct and operate a seawater desalination plant in Ghana in alliance with a Spanish company. The construction cost is estimated at about 10 billion yen. Sojitz invests 44%, the Spanish company 51%, and the local company 5%. The project is scheduled to provide daily life water in Ghana’s capital Accra beginning in 2014. The contract period is 25 years. When the contract period terminates, the water business will be transferred to the Ghana’s water corporation.
The construction will start coming November. The plant will have a daily treatment capacity of 60,000 tons per day that is 7.5% of the current water demand, or for 500,000 people, in Ghana. The project will employ Japanese reverse osmosis membrane for desalination. Because Japanese companies have excellent technology in reverse osmosis membrane technology, this project is expected to cultivate the desalination market for Japanese companies in the Sub-Sahara Africa.
Small seawater desalination equipment