Some 43 professionals in Indonesia partook in the capacity building program and training for waterways management at the International Center for Hydropower (ICH) in Norway, according to a statement released by the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo received here, Friday.
On the occasion of the opening of the program on June 2, Indonesian Ambassador to Norway, Todung Mulya Lubis, affirmed that the training was part of Indonesia's efforts to prepare manpower and national professionals for the new energy transformation in Indonesia.
The training aligns with Indonesia's target of 25-percent of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2025.
Norway, home to 98 percent of the hydro-powered electricity generation, is viewed to have one of the best management for hydro-powered electricity generators.
"The participants need to gain the best, maximum benefits and to learn from the experts from Norway," the ambassador affirmed.
The program’s opening was also attended by Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Vegard Kaale, from Jakarta, who also welcomed the training.
"This training is a reflection of the close ties between the two countries that have lasted for more than 70 years," Kaale asserted. Related news: House Speaker: Support increased cooperation between Indonesia, Norway
The training program is scheduled to be conducted in two stages, including online on June 2-3, while another session is expected to be held in person at the end of 2021 in Padang, West Sumatra.
The training program’s attendees are professionals from various institutions and related parties in Indonesia, including the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, state-owned electricity management company PLN, Tamaris Hydro, and Bung Hatta University.
During the training, participants will explore the technical management of hydropower, such as the operation and maintenance of hydroelectric power plant components as well as theories and techniques on water supply and sedimentation management.
Recently, Indonesia and Norway also welcomed the Indonesia-EFTA CEPA implementation plan that was ratified by the Indonesian Parliament in March 2021.
The Indonesia-EFTA CEPA is a comprehensive economic partnership between Indonesia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. (INE)
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