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West Africa: Is trans-boundary water transmission possible?

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CPCS evaluates a trans-boundary project to bring clean water to Ghanaian and Togolese communities.

The challenge

Two countries in West Africa, Ghana and Togo, have agreed to jointly develop a trans-boundary project to improve potable water transmission for the populations of Sogakope and Lomé. The Volta River seems like the ideal place to install the transmission system that would link the two communities together. 

Under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement, the project will seek a private entity to construct and operate the system. The structure will include a pipeline network, a water treatment facility, booster stations and a terminal reservoir.

What we’re doing

As lead financial advisor, CPCS will assess the project’s financial viability and the terms of private sector participation:

  • Develop the financial model and financing options and propose the financial structuring of the project
  • Propose options to provide risk guarantees to investors and to enhance the project’s attractiveness to potential financiers
  • Advise on the bid documents, procurement process and evaluation of financial proposals
  • Support the project to financial close

“We’re advising on a PPP responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining the water transmission,” says Lisa Wanono-Rahman, PPP analyst at CPCS.

“This project takes advantage of the private sector’s commercial instincts, innovation and efficiency to deliver important public sector obligations. PPP schemes require careful planning to ensure that social and commercial objectives remain aligned during the entire partnership.”         


This water transmission system in West Africa will help mitigate urgent needs for clean drinking water, particularly in Sogakope and Lomé.