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Germany invests €5 million in Ghanaian biogas project

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The German Government will grant Ghana €5 million for the construction of a biogas plant.

The planned 400 kW-capacity plant will produce electricity from waste. The agreement was signed by Anja Karliczek, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

In an official statement, the Ghanaian Government said: “The overall objective of the project, which fits into the country’s renewable energy plan imbedded in the 31 Nationally Determined Commitments, in response to the Lima Call for Action, is to develop waste into energy using hybrid solar PV, biogas and a pyrolysis plant.”

The biogas plant will help to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Karliczek hailed the project and stated that the 12,000 tonnes of waste generated each day in Ghana would be put to good use and create jobs in the area. She also said that treating solid waste would contribute to a cleaner environment and help to prevent the transmission of deadly diseases such as cholera and malaria.

By-products from the pyrolysis and anaerobic digestion process, such as biochar and digestate, could also be used to generate additional business opportunities. Karliczek added: “For instance, biochar and biogas digestate can be used as soil enhancer to boost agriculture production in farming communities.

“The packaging and distribution can lead to sustainable job creation and contribute to the government’s ‘planting food for jobs’ agenda.”

In the official statement, Frimpong-Boateng said the financial support from Germany would “further deepen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries that began over 60 years [ago].” He added that the project would create an opportunity for German businesses to extend their products and services within the waste-to-energy sector in Ghana.

Construction is due to begin on 1 October 2019 and the plant is due to be commissioned by 1 September 2023.