Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has opined that Ghana will start refining gold and other minerals before the end of 2020.
The Minister made these assertion when he paid a working visit to the construction site of the refinery on the premises of the Precious Mineral and Marketing Company Limited in Accra yesterday Friday September 4,2020.
The deputy minister for Lands and Natural Resources Mr Benito Owusu-Bio was also present.
Construction work on the country’s refinery company, the Royal Gold Ghana Limited was 90 per cent complete and expected to be ready next month for operation.
Mr Asomah-Cheremeh said the refinery, with a capacity of 300 kilograms of raw materials a day would generate taxes for government and create jobs to grow the local economy.
Project Manager of Shaporji Pallonji Mr Sandesh Ingale indicated that, the facility had reinforced retaining walls, high technology security and waste treatment systems to address solid, liquid and air pollution.
The plant has a basement, ground floor, an underground water tank, a utility building, an upper terrace and a helipad.
The helipad, which is situated at a “dead area” on top of the refinery, is to facilitate the movement of raw materials and finished products and help in rescue operations during emergencies.
The project started in April 2019 and was scheduled to be completed in 12 months but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the progress of work.