Knowledge transfer: Voith trains the staff of its customer, Liberia Electricity Corporation
"Voith is supporting the premise that technological construction and training is being done simultaneously in order to support both Africa's economic and social development, in addition to reducing worldwide emissions. Cooperation with the Liberia Electricity Corporation on the Mount Coffee hydropower plant is a great example of this model," says Heike Bergmann, Senior Vice President Sales Africa at Voith Hydro.
The future Liberian plant operators are receiving their training as part of Voith's global HydroSchool training program, which has been tailored to developing countries and its needs. The aim of the training is to educate local staff to obtain a qualification in their field of expertise. The training programs can be provided in English, French or Portuguese.
Voith is modernizing the Francis turbines within the Mount Coffee power plant and will deliver new generators, control technology and electromechanical power plant equipment. The renewal work on the hydropower plant will contribute to economic transformation and bring about sustainable progress to the people of this West African country. The Mount Coffee run-of-the-river hydropower plant was built in the 1960s. It is the second hydropower power plant in Liberia as well as the largest. During the Liberian civil war it was destroyed.
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development – both in industrial countries and in emerging markets. At the same time, hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning, and continuously develops it further.
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs around 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.*
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