Ca­pac­ity Build­ing in Africa: Voith pro­vides knowl­edge in hy­dropower tech­nol­ogy to lo­cal peo­ple

Africa Outlook - - Technology -

The de­vel­op­ment, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of hy­dropower plants re­quire a great va­ri­ety of ex­per­tise. With the on­go­ing ex­ploita­tion of un­tapped hy­dropower po­ten­tial in many de­vel­op­ing countries around the world, a greater in­volve­ment of new play­ers in the sec­tor and new international stan­dards, knowl­edge gaps of hy­dropower plant op­er­a­tors have widened. To bridge these gaps, Ger­man tech­nol­ogy group, Voith has de­vel­oped a global train­ing pro­gramme called Hy­droS­chool. The aim is to ed­u­cate lo­cal staff to ob­tain a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in their field of hy­dropower ex­per­tise. The largest train­ing in Voith his­tory is cur­rently run­ning in South Africa. Sit­u­ated in the east­ern part of the coun­try, the pumped stor­age plant at In­gula is the largest of its kind in Africa. Af­ter the com­mis­sion­ing in 2016, Voith was awarded by the plant op­er­a­tor Eskom to train lo­cal staff to op­er­ate and main­tain the new plant. Voith started in the mid­dle of 2017 the Hy­droS­chool train­ing pro­gramme. Since then, the Com­pany has been train­ing around 70 Eskom em­ploy­ees, from tech­ni­cians through to man­agers, to ful­fil their in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. “At the In­gula train­ing, we have to con­sider many dif­fer­ent tar­get groups with a wide range of train­ing ob­jec­tives”, says Maren Henkes, Cus­tomer Train­ing Man­ager at Voith Hy­dro.

The com­pre­hen­sive train­ing pro­gramme cov­ers al­most 20 dif­fer­ent cour­ses – start­ing from a gen­eral plant over­view to spe­cific sys­tem train­ing cour­ses like for ex­am­ple the oil-han­dling sys­tem of the pumped stor­age plant. The project will be finished by the mid­dle of 2018.

Hands-on train­ing at In­gula pumped stor­age plant in South Africa

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