Global technology firm Voith has opened a new facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in order to support the regional development of hydroelectricity generation.

The new Voith Hydro East Africa Hub will be used to carry out planning and coordinating activities with the projects located across nine countries in Eastern Africa.

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Voith Hydro CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said: “Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s. We are reinforcing this commitment through the opening of our facility in Addis Ababa.”

The company noted that it will continue to work with customers and investors to play an active role in developing a sustainable energy supply in Africa.

“Voith has been supporting the development of clean energy generation in Africa since the 1940s.”

As part of this initiative, Voith intends to pass on its expertise in hydropower by offering training to the local experts.

The company selected Ethiopia to establish its new hub due to its strategic location and market conditions. The region also offers a hydropower potential of 45,000MW.

A number of Ethiopian hydropower plants are currently equipped with Voith technology, which is supplying clean and sustainable electricity to nearly 900,000 households in the country.

In addition to Ethiopia, the company is providing its services to hydropower projects in other East African countries, including the Wanjii power plant in Kenya.

For the plant, Voith will replace the turbines, generators, control technology, and electrical and mechanical equipment to increase its capacity by 20%.