An African commitment
2013-10-08 - A mutual collaboration agreement has been reached between ABB SA Products and the Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, situated on the Kafue River in Zambia.
Located beside the Kafue Gorge Power Station, this centre was originally built as a regional hydro power training centre, but over the years the Institution's mandate has been expanded to one of "providing quality training to regional power utilities". KGRTC's scheduled courses comprise a number of operational and managerial courses, in a variety of disciplines related to the power industry; within such categories as Power Systems Operations and Management, Engineering Operations and Maintenance, Engineering Applications and Management, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Assurance, and Corporate Governance Management and Leadership. One such course is the three week Power System Protection course, which ABB SAP will contribute to the further development of by providing course instructors and equipping KGRTC with ABB IEDs. Course participants will benefit from the opportunity of hands-on experience with ABBs 670 Series and 650 Series IEDs as well as the related PCM600 software.
Kaela Siame, Director of KGRTC and John Gray, ABB SAP Area Sales Manager
In future, it is envisioned that ABB SAP will offer scheduled ABB product specific training courses at KGRTC, which will improve the accessibility of such training for regional customers, at a fraction of the cost of travelling to Europe. There is representation from electricity utilities from Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia, as well as representatives of the Zambian Ministries of Energy and Water Development, Science and Technology and Universities, on the KGRTC board of Trustees.
John Gray, ABB SAP, Area Sales Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa is pleased with the newly established association with KGRTC, and adds:
- KGRTC is a well recognized and respected training centre, and many African utilities utilize KGRTC's services, so this is a wonderful opportunity to extend a much sought after service to the African power utility community.