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