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In West Africa, global temporary power solutions provider, Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, together with Caterpillar Inc, have launched a Customer Development Programme with efforts to increase knowledge transfer and boost skills development  in Cameroon.

Cameroon uplifts power sector

This skills development programme, which was developed in conjunction with the development of a 50MW natural gas power plant in Douala, one of Cameroon's larger cities, is aimed at delivering engineering and advanced technical knowledge to local professionals currently employed at the power plant.

“Just as important as the power was ensuring a local team of highly trained professionals was able to oversee the operation of the power plant. Altaaqa deployed Caterpillar University, Caterpillar’s proprietary training platform, to launch a Customer Development Programme,” the joint venture said in a company statement.

The pilot programme will operate for a full year and is offered to a team of select local engineers and technical professionals from Eneo, Cameroon’s integrated utility provider.

The Customer Development Programme

The training programme has three key focus areas including, classroom teaching, online instruction and on-the-job mentoring with Altaaqa Global’s Cat-certified in-house technicians.

Should the students comply with all the necessary modules and meet the required performance standards, they will receive a Level 1 Preventive Maintenance (PM) Technician certificate at the end of the training programme, and will thus be eligible to progress to second-level training.

Peter den Boogert, CEO of Altaaqa Global, said: “In all of our projects, we provide more than electricity; we offer training and employment opportunities to locals. In fact, 95% of our site employees in our projects around the world is composed of locals.”

Continued support

Last month, the Korean government pledged its continued support towards boosting Cameroon’s energy supply, using technological resources to develop the energy sector.

During a conference, Cameroon's minister of water and energy, Basile Atangana Kouna, said the country has a lot of potential in the energy sector, stating that its a land of hospitality to anyone wishing to set up businesses in that sector.

Local media reported at the time that the minister stated that government has put in place investment incentives that are worth trying, citing opportunities that are linked to petroleum energy.

Kouna also noted that this partnership will include the construction of a pipeline that will transport petroleum from Limbe in the southwest region to Yaounde in the central region.