Seven valid bid offers from China, Belgium, Switzerland/Israel, the Netherlands and Portugal, including one from a Ghanaian company, with values ranging from US$489m to over US$2bn, are being evaluated by the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) for the expansion of the Port of Tema.
The tender process, which was launched in March last year (2013), resulted in 53 expressions of interest being received. After evaluation, the GPHA pre-qualified 21 bidders, including two Ghanaian companies to proceed to the next stage, involving detailed engineering designs with cost estimates, procurement of the necessary credit facility to fund the project, and construction of the works with GPHA as the borrower of the credit facility.
To be built in five phases, the planned expansion is expected to provide deep berths from the current 11.5 m to 16 m depths to be able to receive larger ships. The expanded facilities will also provide dedicated berths for containers, ro-ro, fresh produce and cruise vessels. It will also include a rail terminal for containers and vehicles.