Voith Hydro has signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a training center to provide training and professional development in the renewable energy sector of hydropower in Angola.
With a view to stepping up its local commitment, the Voith training center will significantly contribute to the training of skilled personnel for technical and commercial occupations relevant to the hydropower industry in Angola.
The signing of the agreement took place in the presence of Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço and the Angolan Minister for Energy and Water João Baptista Borges in the Angolan capital Luanda last week.
Voith Hydro has been a regular supplier of equipment to the hydropower industry on the African continent. It has seen the successful realization of the two Angolan hydropower projects Cambambe I in 2012 and Cambambe II in 2017.
The technology group has had a presence in Africa since the 1930s.
The company will receive support in this venture from the Ministry for Energy and Water of the Republic of Angola (MINEA). Voith will consult with MINEA to determine a suitable location for the training center. The envisaged total investment will be in the region of several million dollars.
Substantial hydropower potential in Africa
According to studies, The African continent has the world’s highest percentage of as yet untapped hydropower potential. Substantial hydropower potential in Angola still untapped. With a technically feasible hydropower potential, estimated to be more than 470 gigawatts, he current installed capacity in Africa is only around 36 GW.
The declared objective of the Angolan government is an increase in electricity generation capacity from the current 5,700 MW to around 9,000 MW for years to come.
Substantial hydropower potential in Angola is still untapped with the existing electricity supply only covering about 40 percent of the Angolan population.