Tete, Songo, 14th November 2023 – The Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower Project Implementation Office (GMNK), as part of its social responsibility and local content, launched the Professional Internship Programme today in Tete, in the town of Songo, which aims to provide young Mozambicans who have recently graduated from different public and private universities with opportunities for technical skills in the management and development of large projects. The event served to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between GMNK and the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Songo – Instituto Superior Politécnico de Songo (ISPS).

The Professional Internship Programme was created to enable young fresh graduates to participate in all phases of the design and implementation of the Mphanda Nkuwa project, equipping them with technical and practical knowledge of national and international standards, taking into account the involvement they will have with various experienced national and international consultants involved in the process, which may constitute technical added value for the country in the near future in other similar projects.

The programme will cover various training areas, namely, mechanical, electrical, electronics engineering, construction, social sciences, environment, economics and finance.

Applications will follow a competitive and rigorous process of selection, screening, written tests and interviews, and finally the finalisation and dissemination of results, as well as the hiring of the selected young people. The programme aims to achieve 50% female participation.

This programme includes young people from all over the country who, once selected, can be integrated into GMNK under the supervision of the company managers.

Applicants must not be older than 27 years old. They must have at least a bachelor’s degree (equivalent to Licenciatura) in an area of interest to the programme. The successful candidates will sign apprenticeship contracts for a period of one year, which may be extended for a further year depending on performance.

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With an estimated cost of 4.5 billion United States Dollars, the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower project includes the development of a run-of-river dam, located 61 kilometres downstream from Cahora Bassa, on the Zambezi River, in the province of Tete. A hydropower plant with an installed capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts and a high-voltage power transmission line from Tete to Maputo of approximately 1,300 kilometres.

The project is being implemented in strict compliance with internationally accepted global Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) standards and tools for mitigating negative impacts and maximising positive aspects, project evaluation and certification, which prioritise the creation of opportunities for local communities and minimise and mitigate adverse impacts on biodiversity heritage.

The project will be the lowest cost option for energy generation. It will position Mozambique as a regional energy hub, contributing to universal access and industrialisation, job creation, technical training and energy exports. The Mphanda Nkuwa project will be fundamental to the process of energy transition and decarbonisation in the southern region of the African continent.

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