Ethiopia’s mega-dam generates more electricity than expected

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua), 6 June – The Ethiopian Government revealed that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has generated more 2,700 gigawatt-hours (GWH) during the last 10 months.

Ethiopian Electric Power reported that the mega-hydroelectric power plant had exceeded its initial power generation target in the last 10 months of Ethiopia’s current fiscal year 2023/2024, which began on July 8, 2023.

According to EEP data, the dam’s capacity increased by around 26 percent compared to its initial plan of 2,152.8 GWh.

The EEP attributed GERD’s increased electricity generation to its ability to store morewater, allowing the two turbines to operate at full capacity.

GERD’s contribution to the total electricity generated by the East African nation during the period reported was 16,900 GWH. This is a 16 percent increase. The remaining 11 units on the dam are expected to boost the country’s generation capacity by an 83 percent when they start producing electricity.

In April, the Office of National Coordination for the Construction of GERD reported that the project had reached 95 percent. According to the EEP, once the dam is completed, it will have a generating power of 5,150 Megawatts and an annual energy output 15760 GWH.

In April 2011, the Horn of Africa nation began construction of the GERD along the Nile River. Since then, the mega hydroelectric project has been a major concern among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, three countries that are bound by the Nile.

Ethiopia has repeatedly stated that the dam would power its development ambitions and boost its ambitious to achieve a lower middle-income status within the next few years. Egypt and Sudan have expressed their concerns that the dam will affect their share in the river water.

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