Technical Training Institute (GTTI) engineering department, in collaboration
with the National Environment Agency (NEA) have trade technicians on
refrigeration and air conditioning on hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide management
in the use of alternatives gases.
Held at the GTTI ground at Old Jeshwang, the training was funded under the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 18th February to 2nd March.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Edward Mensah said GTTI aims to address the mid-level manpower needs of The Gambia by engaging in series of technology transfers to technicians in the area of refrigeration and air conditioning.
The training targets to update business entrepreneurs to provide practical platforms on holistic entrepreneurial experience in the use of natural refrigerants.
Mr. Mensah said lack of knowledge in most developing countries is linked to lack of technical information on natural refrigerants and training facilities, saying GTTI as a training provider for technical education in The Gambia, has been partnering with NEA for the past 18 years to promote naturally friendly gases for refrigeration and air conditioning applications as part of a contract signed with UNIDO.
According to him, the project aimed to raise awareness of commercial entrepreneurs on the use of refrigerants application to reduce greenhouse gas emission. “The training will familiarise them with modern tools and equipment given by UNIDO to reduce the greenhouse emissions associated with industrial and domestic RAC facilities in The Gambia to create enabling environment for the use of natural refrigerants.”
Mr. Mensah reminded participants that the training is an opportunity for them to learn and adopt good practice in the use of natural refrigerants as recommended as alternatives to the use of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
Alhagie Sarr, representative of NEA said it is important to monitor substances that deplete the ozone layer and to get rid of gases that contribute to global warning. “The training will help educate refrigerants and air conditioning technicians on how to handle systems.