The Eni Ghana has initiated a community based “Clean beach” initiative, to clean-up the shorelines of communities of Sanzule, Bakanta, Krisan and Eikwe, in the Western Region.
The effort is designed to improve upon waste collection and waste management activities along the shores of the selected areas.
Mr Kwasi Bonzoh, the District Chief Executive of the Ellembelle District, members from the assembly, representatives from Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Environmental Protection Agency and Petroleum Commission participated in the first clean-up project.
A release copied to the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi said more than 11,300kg of waste was collected, of which over 500kg is plastic.
It said waste management services specialists Zoomlion and Zoil picked up the collected waste for treatment in compliance with Eni’s and national expectations.
The release said the plastic waste would be added to Zoil’s plastic waste recycling stream, in line with Eni’s integrated circular economy model, which seeks to contribute significant environmental benefits through the reuse of waste in a productive cycle.
It said cleaning materials have been donated to the communities in order to improve the culture of waste management not only on the beach but also in the villages.
The release said, “Clean Beach Day” forms part of Eni Ghana’s initiatives to promote good practices in health, safety and environment; and it is based on a strong engagement with the district assembly and communities in the area.
Sanzule, Bakanta, Krisan and Eikwe are located in close proximity to OCTP’s Onshore Receiving Facility, where gas produced from the Sankofa Field in the OCTP block is compressed and delivered to Ghana’s grid.
Eni has been in Ghana since 2009 through its subsidiary Eni Ghana. Eni is Operator of the OCTP Integrated Oil and Gas Development Project of which (Eni has 44.44 per cent, Vitol 35.56 per cent, GNPC 20 per cent).