ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia said it has successfully completed second phase of the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam or GERD’s reservoir.
The announcement was made on a national television by Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Eng. Seleshi Bekele, on Monday.
In a message he made on his Twitter page, the minister revealed the GERD reservoir “has filled rapidly” due to “the extreme rainfall in the Abbay Basin (Blue Nile Basin)”.
The water is now flowing on the top of the dam, which has stored enough amount of water needed to run its two turbines.
“Today, 19th July, 2021, the GERD reservoir reached overtopping water level,” the Minister said. “Currently, the incoming flow passes through both bottom outlets and overtopping”.
With 80% complete to date, the multi-billion dollar Dam has now collected 13.5 billion cubic meters of the Blue Nile River water in the rainy season, swelling its reservoir to 18.4 billion cubic meters.
Water Minister Seleshi said the next milestone for GERD construction “is to realize the early generation in the next few months”.
When fully operational, the dam will become the largest hydro-electric plant in Africa, providing power to some 65 million Ethiopians, who currently lack a regular electricity supply.