Water - Market visit to Ghana February 2022
In Ghana, Denmark is synonymous with strong water solutions and technologies after decades of support and engagements in the Ghanaian water sector. Join our market visit to Ghana and explore commercial opportunities in Ghana’s urban water cycle.
28.02.2022 - 04.03.2022
Accra area, Ghana
Danish Export Association (Eksportforeningen)
Landinspektørfirmaet LE34 A/S
DKK 9,750 per company
This includes two representatives, ground transport in Ghana, reception, B2B meeting sessions and one networking dinner event.
The price is without VAT, own travel (flights, taxi, train, etc.), insurance, lodging, and based on a minimum of seven participating companies. This event is subsidized by The Trade Council of Denmark, and to participate a Danish company VAT number is required. Local partners may participate on behalf of the Danish company.
Deadline for sign up: December 15
With a pipeline of large water projects, Ghana is an attractive market to Danish companies working within this segment. A number of Danish companies are already active in the market, and the strategic sector cooperation on Urban Water is expected to be active for many years forward.
Get first-hand knowledge on market visit
During this market visit, you get:
- Insights into market challenges and public potential
- Meeting with the urban water utility company, Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL)
- Business seminar with invited key stakeholders from the public and private sector in Ghana including networking reception
- Site visit to the city of Tema (part of the Strategic Sector Cooperation between Denmark and Ghana) and the potential intervention areas for large water and waste water projects, under the Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance (DSIF).
- Visits to selected manufacturing companies with specific technology needs and plans to invest
- Individual B2B meetings arranged by the Royal Danish Embassy in Accra
Areas of specific interest for local stakeholders in Ghana include water supply, non-revenue water, and wastewater management.
Monday, Feb 28
Arrival in Accra
Check in at La Villa Boutique Hotel
Dinner at own cost
Tuesday, March 01
08:00: Breakfast and welcome
introduction to doing business in Ghana
09:00: Bus transfer Tema Municipal Assembly
10:00-12:30: Tema round tour
Wastewater, drinking water and climate adaptation. The intervention area for the Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC), possible DSIF projects and an industrial hub.
The Tema municipality is a harbour and industrial city hosts diverse industries and the biggest harbour in Ghana.
12:30- 13:45: Lunch and discussions
Discussions about the SSC phase 2 and DSIF possibilities
14:00 Tour of Vlisco/GTP textile wastewater treatment facility
15:30: Tour of Nutrifoods Ghana Ltd (Olam tomatoes cannery)
EKF Green Accelerator Pilot project by Alumichem and Biokube
The purpose of the visit is to understand typical technology needs and basic requirements for doing business in Ghana from a Danish business perspective.
16:30-17:30: Departure from Tema
18:45: Departure from Hotel to the Residence
19:00-21:00: Welcome Dinner at the Residence
Wednesday March 2
8:40: Bus transfer Ghana Water Company -HQ
09:00-09:45: Introduction at Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) HQ
GWCL is the biggest urban water provider in Ghana. It is a limited liability utility company, fully owned by the state, responsible for potable water supply, planning as well as investment and development of water systems and sale of water to all urban communities in Ghana.
GWCL currently operates over 90 urban water supply systems throughout the country. Average production is about 870,000 cubic metres per day. Present potable water demand is estimated at 1.13 million cubic metres per day. GWCL, currently serves about 500,000 households.
GWCL has a pipeline of water supply projects in excess of USD2 billion.
Key challenge affecting the urban water provider is high non-revenue water (NRW) losses, estimated to be around 51.1%.
9:45-10:30: Transfer to GWCL’s Weija Waterworks
10:30-12:00: Tour of Weija Treatment Plant
It was the first treatment plant constructed in 1914 with an initial capacity of 1,000,000 gallons/day (1MGD). However has changed through multiple expansion phases to a current design capacity of 54.2 MGD.
The plant utilizes the Densu River, dammed at Weija, as its source water and has three independent treatment systems, namely the Candy, Bamag and Adam Clark. The Weija Dam has a depth of 50ft (15.2m), a surface area of 8,300 acres, a storage capacity of 115,106 m3 and five spillway gates for occasional spilling when water level rises beyond 47ft.
12:00-13:00: Lunch on the bus- Transfer to Sewage Systems Ghana Ltd (SSGL)
14:30 -15:45: Presentation and tour of SSGL facility
Sewage Systems Ghana Ltd is a subsidiary of the biggest private sector player in sanitation, Zoomlion. SSGL is a fully Ghanaian owned company established to provide efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly treatment of liquid waste in Ghana and beyond which was virtually non- existent.
SSG presently manages 4 wastewater systems for both sewage and septic sludge in the capital and three other municipalities. Total capacity of these systems are over 20,000m3 with plan to roll-out around the country in collaboration with the municipalities.
SSGL is responsible for construction, acquisition, maintenance and renovation of infrastructures as well as for the control of water and wastewater quality parameters.
16:00: Transport back to hotel
18:30: Own Dinner
Thursday March 3
08:30: Departure from Hotel
09:00-10:00: Visit to Nima Drain project
Ramboll climate adaptation project with some EKF involvement
10:30-12:30: Own time to prepare for the half day seminar
12:30: Departure to venue for the seminar
13:30-16:30: Danish water day seminar and Business to Business/Government engagement
17:00: Joint Reception with Ghanaian representatives at the Hotel
Friday, March 4
Morning: Breakfast with wrap up and discussion of next steps
Debriefing and discussion of follow up action plan
Personal B2B meetings
B2B meetings to be arranged by the Embassy outside the delegation programme
Transport to airport and departure to Denmark
Mayor of Aarhus in front
The Mayor of Aarhus will join the delegation as the lead of the Strategic Sector Cooperation on Urban Water.
This cooperation is between the City of Aarhus and the City of Tema and it focuses on drinking water, reducing non-revenue water and wastewater management.
A strong Danish footprint in the Ghanaian water sector
Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) is the responsible entity for drinking water in urban areas in Ghana, including the City of Tema. As a key partner under the Strategic Sector Cooperation programme, GWCL and Aarhus Vand has identified several key projects aimed at reducing the non-revenue water challenge in Ghana.
City of Aarhus, City of Tema, Aarhus Vand, Ghana Water Company Limited and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Trade Council) are part of the Strategic Sector Cooperation.
Concrete opportunities in water management in Ghana
In 2020, the Embassy conducted a survey to identify concrete opportunities in both industrial and municipal wastewater management in Ghana.
Several opportunities ranging from wastewater treatment for reuse, polishing of secondary effluent, household treatment system, operation and maintenance and pre-treatment were identified for Danish technology providers.
One of the exciting opportunities being explored under the visit is the Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance project:
Aveyime Water Supply Project (with ongoing feasibility study), which seeks to provide water for the eastern part of Greater Accra (both households and industry). Central components:
- New intake and treatment plant
- Distribution network
- Rehabilitation of Tema booster station
- Non-revenue water
- Expansion of the SCADA system
The delegation will promote the Danish strongholds towards key stakeholders and customers:
- Sustainable and efficient water supply
- Technologies to reduce non-revenue water
- Smart and energy-efficient wastewater treatment
- Green transition of wastewater treatment with a focus on energy efficiency and production
- Sludge treatment and nutrient recovery
- Water management and urban resilience
- Digital solutions, data collection and management
- Public-private partnerships and research
Andreas Julskjær PedersenHead of Water & Project Manager +45 2262 1691 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andreas Julskjær Pedersen
Head of Water & Project Manager
Andreas står i spidsen for Danish Export – Water. Han mener, at netværk er den hurtigste vej til nye kunder og samarbejdspartnere. Derfor kan han både sætte dig i forbindelse med relevante kontakter inden for vand- og spildevandsbranchen og hjælpe med sparring på dit eksportarbejde.
Andreas ved, hvordan danske vandvirksomheder etablerer sig i udlandet, fordi han har haft et tæt samarbejde med en række eksportører i branchen siden 2016. Han har boet i Tyskland, hvor han blandt andet arbejdede ved Generalkonsulatet i München og hos Infineon Technologies AG som Global Supply Manager.
Andreas er uddannet Cand.Ling.Merc. fra Aarhus BSS, hvor han også har taget sin bachelor i international virksomhedskommunikation og europæiske studier. Derudover er han certificeret i PRINCE2 og arbejder til daglig med projektstyring og -ledelse.