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*This report updates one from February 2022.  

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (REI) for Investment Opportunities and Partnerships for the Development of the Port of Keta.  The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2022.  The GPHA seeks reputable industry players, investors, and development partners, and invites prospective partners to formally express interest in any aspect (or a combination of aspects) of the project. After receiving expressions of interest, the GPHA will engage applicants on a case-by-case basis to determine if there are opportunities for coordination among applicants. The Expression of Interest stage is not expected to evolve into direct contractual engagements. The full Request for Expressions of Interest announcement can be found here.  

Further background: Ghana is in the process of developing a third commercial port in the coastal town of Keta in eastern Ghana, near Ghana’s Volta River region and a short distance from Togo’s capital, Lomé. This project is part of Ghana’s broader plan to develop port infrastructure, including the existing commercial ports of Tema and Takoradi and the proposed inland ports to be located at Boankra and Mpakadan. The Government of Ghana views improving Ghana’s port/transportation infrastructure as essential to facilitate commercial activity and to ensure, in turn, that Ghana can realize the anticipated economic benefits from increased regional trade resulting from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

  • The Keta Port project seeks to create a commercial cargo port that can accommodate containerized, bulk, and oil and gas shipments. A shipyard facility is also envisioned. 
  • The project will be developed in four phases with the first phase estimated to cost $6 million dollars.  
  • Ghana is seeking private investors to partner with GPHA to implement the project.
  • The proposed project will encompass an entire Port City and will include road and rail infrastructure as well as residential and recreational facilities.
  • Consultations with local communities about the project have begun, and the Ghanaian navy is expected to establish a Coast Guard post there due to anticipated oil exploration activities.
  • Due to the ecologically sensitive nature of the location, which is near the Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar Site on the Volta River estuary, the Government is placing particular emphasis on the Environmental Impact Assessment. 
  • GPHA carried out a social and environmental impact assessment during the first quarter of 2022.   

Please contact PaaEkow Quansah at Commercial Service Ghana at or +233(0)30-274-1870 if you would like more information about this business opportunity and see our Country Commercial Guide to Ghana for broader context on doing business in Ghana.