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Construction of GERD progressing well

Construction of GERD progressing well

Addis Ababa, 2 April 2014 (WIC)

Today At the £rd anniversary celebration of the commencement of the construction phase of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) , the CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power Engineer Azeb Worku expressed his delight at the pace of the project and the support of the great people of Ethiopia. He also expressed the support of the government as the costruction phase of Dam reached 30% completion

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia currently under construction. It is in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia, about 40 km (25 mi) east of the border with Sudan.At 6,000 MW, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, as well as the 8th largest in the world sharing the spot with Krasnoyarskaya. The reservoir at 63 billion cubic meters will be one of the continent’s largest

She said, the construction of the dam would help to address power shortage and meet the increasing demand of power arose due to the economic growth of the country.

Another key stakeholder, Brigadier General, Tigabu Fetle, the Deputy Director of Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) also said the dam has destroyed the “spirit of impossible” in the nation. adding that the level of success achieved testifies to the potential to build other dams with local capacity.

The event was held today at Guba, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.

Edited by Brian Jackson

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