Some time Ago, residents of Teshie have called on government to come to come to shutdown the plant because the water produced by the plant poses a health threat to them.

Desalination plant is also known for a contract issue with the Ghana Water Company Limited and Befesa Desalination Development Ghana, which was reportedly costing the government an amount GHc6 million per monthly.

According to sources, a thorough exercise conducted by the Water Company revealed excess chemicals, resulting the shutdown of the Desalination plant.

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) water desalination project in the other hand falls under the Accra East Region of the Ghana Water Company’s operations.

It will be recalled that, in 2011, the Government of the Republic Ghana awarded a contract to Befesa Desalination Development Ghana to establishment the sea water treatment plant to produce clean and safe water, which will be channeled into the pipelines of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), the state’s public water trading company, for distribution to the public.

The project involved the construction of a 60,000m3/day seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in a 6.1 acre site situated at the beachfront, 400m west of the Nungua fish landing site.

The plant utilizes 146,400m3 of raw intake water to produce 60,000m3 of potable water and 70,000m3 of rejected brine water a day.

That project was executed by a Spanish company known as Abengoa and Japanish company also known as Sojitz Corporational.Both hold 94% equity in the project. The plant was well designed, constructed and is being operated by Befesa Desalination Developments Ghana, together with Abengoa Water Investments Ghana, Hydrocol and Daye Water Investment (Ghana).

126 million dollars was the total cost of the project, with a revenue forecast of about 1,300 million dollars over 25 year period, is a public private partnership arrangement Build, Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) mechanism under which the Spanish company, Abengoa, is expected to operate the plant for 25 years and then transfer its management to GWCL.

The plant supplies 13 million gallons of treated water per day and serves 500,000 people in the catchment area. 

President Mahama inaugurated the project in April 2015.

The availability of reliable water to the community is expected to help put an end to the outbreak of cholera and other water-related diseases.

Meanwhile, construction of the plant, which started in November 2012, had created 400 direct and indirect jobs in the region.

The Teshie desalination plant is said to have been shutdown before on January 1, 2018, as to allow the water company to resolve pending challenges it had with the management of the desalination plant.