Aggreko Donates Computers to Local Community in Venezuela
19 March 2008

Aggreko Donates Computers to Local Community in Venezuela

Released: 19 March 2008

Aggreko donates 19 computers to governors office of San Fernando de Apure

  • Students of San Fernando to benefit from Aggreko donation
  • Initiative aims to encourage computer access for local community

Aggreko plc, the global leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services has donated 19 computers to the governor’s office in the state of Apure. Aggreko hopes that the donation will prove useful to the local community as they work to increase computer literacy as part of their national education drive.

  • Education and literacy campaigns have been ongoing in Venezuela for years and literacy rates are steadily improving, having reached 93% in 2007 according to The Human Development Index. However, computers and internet access are still considered luxury items, and much of the population does not have regular access to computers. The computers donated by Aggreko will be available for the use of students in the computer room of a San Fernando school to be designed by the local governor’s office.

    Diogenes Neto, Aggreko Area Director, South America, said: “Aggreko has been providing power to San Fernando for the past four years and 90% of our staff have been hired locally, making us a part of the community. As such, we are excited to be a part of the governor’s initiative to improve access to technology for students, and we hope to continue to be involved in similar projects in the future.”

    Aggreko’s extensive experience in providing temporary power generation and temperature control has led to Aggreko providing over 65 MW of power to support various industries in Venezuela. As Venezuela is highly reliant on hydropower for its utility grid, the country is particularly susceptible to power outages due to the rapid growth and industrialization of the economy. In cooperation with Venezuelan government, Aggreko has been supplementing the country’s utility grid since 2004. Aggreko's team provides 24/7 service support to ensure stability and reliability of power and is committed to working with the government to reduce the instances of power shortages and power outages.

     

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    Editors Notes

    Aggreko plc is a global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems. We help customers in many different industries to improve and safeguard their operations by solving problems, creating opportunities and reducing risk. Aggreko provides 24/7 availability and service support with approximately 3000 employees operating from over 120 locations in 31 countries. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately £700m. Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland.

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