Electrochem Ghana Limited, owned by Ghanaian tycoon Daniel McKorley, is set to employ an additional 2,500 workers for manual mining in 2024 as it gears up to bolster its operation and solidify its standing as one of Africa’s leading salt-producing companies.
This is part of the ongoing efforts to enhance production and secure its position in the industry. Already in motion, the employment drive aims to support the company’s operations in Ada Songoor, with the ultimate goal of reaching an annual production of two million tonnes by 2027.
This comes as McKorley, CEO of the McDan Group, revealed the company’s commitment to employing more than 7,000 Ghanaian youth during the commissioning of Electrochem’s Salt Mine and Processing Plant in the Greater Accra Region — the current expansion and employment drive mark a significant step toward fulfilling that promise and bringing substantial development to the region while improving local livelihoods.
McKorley’s salt business in Ghana announces ambitious hiring plan
As a commitment to addressing unemployment issues in the Ada traditional area, Electrochem Ghana has allocated part of its developed pans for manual mining. The company has already employed 372 individuals in its latest phase as it plans to engage over 7,000 Ghanaian youth. The first phase has seen the employment of 3,000 individuals, with an additional 4,000 expected to join the workforce when the salt concession reaches full operations.
In a bid to fulfill its promise to the local community, Electrochem Ghana will start the year by hiring 2,500 workers, predominantly indigenes and youth from Ada and surrounding areas. The move aligns with the company’s commitment to narrowing the unemployment gap in the region and contributing positively to the livelihoods of the people of Ada.
Electrochem Ghana’s strategic leadership transforms a troubled salt concession
Electrochem Ghana, a subsidiary of the McDan Group, has played a pivotal role in the transformation of the Ada Songor salt concession. Granted a 15-year lease, the company has successfully revitalized the concession, which had previously suffered from mismanagement.
Currently producing 650,000 metric tonnes of salt, Electrochem Ghana is poised to increase its production to one million metric tons in 2024 and aims for two million by 2025.
The Electrochem Salt Washing Plant, an $88-million investment, is already operational, processing industrial salt from a vast 41,000-acre field spanning 33 communities in the Ada Songhor Salt site. With 99.99 percent purity, the plant has become the largest in Africa, surpassing the acreage of Namibia’s Walvis Bay by a significant margin.