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Over 50 Rwandans to receive a training on small hydropower technology


Over 50 staff from Rwanda Energy Group, University of Rwanda, IPRC Kigali, Byumba University of Technology and Art, COFORWA, Ngali Energy, Novel Energy, Prime Energy and Rwanda Mountain Tea are undergoing a training course on small hydropower technology.

Financed by the Ministry of Commerce of China and at the invitation of Rwanda Energy Group, the 25 day 2018 Training Course on Small Hydropower Technology for Rwanda" opened in Kigali on July 18th at IPRC kigali

Among those that attended the opening ceremony were Mr. Felix Gakuba, Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Ltd (EDCL), Mr. Claude Benimana, Vice Principal of Integrated Polytechnic Regional Research Center (IPRC) and Mr. Huang Jianping, Deputy Director General of Hangzou Regional Center for Small Hydropower (HRC) and many other officials from different intuitions in the energy sector.

Based on the theme of small hydropower, the training course was designed according to the actual requirement of Rwanda, and has been adopted as one of the measures helping to realize electrification process and promote the industrialization development.

While giving his speech during the opening ceremony, Mr. Felix Gakuba expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government and HRC for the contribution and help in capacity building on small hydropower and rural electrification.

“We appreciate the contribution and support accorded to us by the Chinese government in providing capacity building to our staff and we hope that they will apply the acquired knowledge in their day to day activities in the sector” Gakuba said   

He hoped that similar training courses will continue to be held, so that more Rwandans will benefit from it.

Kayinamura Alex, who was among those receiving the training said that they were lacking skills that they are now learning on advanced concepts and ideas on electricity generation and water resources management.

“We are getting skills and I believe by the end of the training we shall have acquired enough knowledge on water resource management and electricity generation. We really appreciate the organizers for the training” said Kayinamura.

 It is also expected that more in-depth, multi-level and comprehensive cooperation in the field of small hydropower, rural electrification and renewable energy will be carried out between China and Rwanda.

The 25-day training course is the 4th one that HRC implemented in Rwanda, focusing on the introduction of development experience, proven technology and applicable equipment in China, and added topics related to water resources, dam safety, and river regulation according to the local condition of Rwanda.

At the end of the training, participants are expected to have acquired capacity building on advanced concepts and ideas on electricity generation and water resources management, practical skill on design, operation and maintenance.

During the training, site visits will be paid to university laboratory and project filed in North Province of Rwanda.