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The Power Africa Program of US Agency for International Development (USAID) and US Energy Association (USEA) continues its quest to develop African utilities by partnering with global technical experts. The Meralco Power Academy is their energy training partner of choice, tapped to conduct training programs in Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Last January 23-27, a group of Meralco engineers: Jomar Eco from Substation Support Services, Mark Duane Soriano of SOHEM and Eugene Araullo of MPA travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to conduct a 5 day course on Substation Operation and Maintenance for the Ethiopian Electricity Utility (EEU). Thirty Five EEU Substation engineers gained the knowledge to perform electrical operations and maintenance on Medium Voltage (MV) Distribution Substations according to international safety procedures and the best utility practices of Meralco. A local substation visit was organized for the class to reinforce the learning with practical applications.

Participant’s feedback are testament to the impact of the program:
“The professors were so good. The Power Academy has good capability to train our staff”
“I express great gratitude for the Meralco Power Academy for contributing in such training for us.”
“Meralco Power Academy is one of the Best Academy in the world. I hope we will have other programmes. Thank you very much.”

According to Tricia Williams, Sr. Program Coordinator of USEA, two more batches of Substation Maintenance programs are planned as a “continuation of the good work last January”.

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