Interest high in Pakistani technical school’s new small hydropower program

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Leaders from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority are hoping a new program will help open the region’s hydroelectric power potential.

The four-tier training program — which saw nearly 70 applicants vie for 20 positions — focuses on small hydropower, with disciplines ranging from plant management to design. School authorities said the program will not only generate jobs, but also help provide relief for the energy-strapped country.

The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) said the initiative is being supported with equipment from the European Union, the German government, and the Dutch and Norwegian embassies.

If successful, the plan will be emulated by vocational training schools in other districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which, according to TEVTA, holds more than 40,000 MW-worth of untapped hydroelectric potential.

The province’s government has previously stated that it plans to build at least 600 localized micro hydropower projects with capacities between 50 kW and 150 kW to meet demand in off-grid locations, though the lack of a qualified workforce has hindered that plan.

The northwestern Pakistani province is already home to a number of large hydropower projects, including the  243-MW Warsak and 3,480-MW Tarbela plants, amongst others.

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