Government to construct railway line from Tema port to Ouagadougou under the Ghana-Burkina Interconnectivity Project

The railway line, which is 1000 kilometres long, will pass five regions in Ghana namely: Greater Accra, Volta, Oti, North East, Northern, Upper East regions before entering Burkina Faso through Paga.

The Minister for Railway Development, Mr Joe Ghartey, disclosed this when his ministry took its turn in the Meet-the-Press series in Accra on Wednesday.

Mr Ghartey indicated that the project formed part of the road corridor agreement signed by members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He stated that the first phase of the project, which is from Tema to Mpakadan, a 100-kilometre line was about 60% complete and would be fully completed by August 2020, adding that feasibility studies for the remain 900 kilometres was underway.

According to the Minister, the Tema route was chosen as the starting point due to its advantages over the Takoradi port concerning the volume of goods that go from Tema to Burkina Faso — 700,000 tonnes which are seven times more than the goods that go through Takoradi.

Mr. Ghartey pointed out that even though the feasibility studies for the remaining phase had not ended, the procurement process had already started with four companies shortlisted to be awarded the contract to start work as soon as the first phase ended.

The initial cost assessments had, therefore, been determined for land, structures, farmlands, economic trees and so on and would be included in the full feasibility studies.