Debre Inland Port Construction Begins in Ghana
Vice President Dr. Mahmudu Bawumia conducted the groundbreaking ceremony.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Debre Inland Port, part of a multimodal transport corridor, the Trans-Volta Logistics Corridor Project, was held in July 2022.
The Corridor Project will help transport containers and bulk cargo from Tema Port to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, via Volta Lake. The multimodal transport corridor also includes an accompanying 1,000-acre industrial park in Yapei.
The construction of the inland port will cost $200 million, while construction of the industrial park will cost $250 million.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony on July 22, Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia commented: “This $200 million inland marine port and the $250 million industrial park will address a myriad of issues that continue to plague the movement of goods from Ghana to our neighbors in the sub-region and help to take about 30,000 haulage trucks off Ghana’s roads.”
“Using the Volta Lake, vessels will transport goods and containers in transit to and from the Tema port. These containers will be moved by rail to Akwamu-Korankye (eastern region) and then loaded onto barges to the Debre Inland Port. In Debre, operating at its fullest capacity like Tema with all the attendant facilities, containers will be offloaded and put on trucks to continue their journey further into the sub region. All services such as Customs, transits clearances will be provided as pertains to any international port” Dr. Bawumia added.
LMI Holdings, a Ghanaian conglomerate, is undertaking the project, with the first phase expected to be operational by 2024. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2025. It will create approximately 1,000 to 1,200 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs in the area.
The development of the Debre inland port will ease congestion at the Tema Port and help facilitate transit trade among the neighbouring landlocked countries. The inland port will enable the import of goods to the northern part of Ghana and the transportation of goods to Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger through Volta Lake.
Kojo Aduhene, CEO of LMI Holdings, said, “The logistics park will be known as the Debre Logistics Terminal (DLT). It will be an ultra-modern integrated logistics terminal consisting of a Container Service Yard (CSY), Container Freight Station (CFS), Reefer, Warehouse, Truck Parking Area, Trucker’s Facilities, Fuel Station, Commercial Complex, Freight Forwarder Offices, and facilities for the courier, telecommunication, utility services among others.”
LMI has previously developed other industrial parks in Ghana, including the Meridian industrial park in Tema, Accra, as well as the Dawa Economic Zone in the Ningo-Prampram District.
Top Photo: Meridian Industrial Park, located in Tema Free Zone, contains 250,000m2 warehousing space, 130 MVA capacity substation, a self-contained water distribution system, a railway link from Tema port, a container terminal, and a 17MW rooftop solar project (lmi-ghana.com)