ADDIS ABABA – The second turbine of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has started electric production today.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali started up the first turbine of the GERD on February 20, 2021, marking a historic milestone in the nation’s flagship project.
Today, the second turbine of the GERD – which will become Africa’s largest hydropower producer – has started producing electricity production after a successful installation and testing period.
Named Unit 9, it is among the total of the13 turbines that the dam will have at the end of the construction of the hydroelectricity project.
PM Abiy and President Sahlewok Zewde presided over the launch production of the turbine and begin adding 375 Megawatts (MW) of electricity to the National Power Grid.
Prime Minister Abiy congratulated all Ethiopians and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to those who are working tirelessly to bring this grand Ethiopian dream to realization.
PM Abiy further emphasized that it is this generation’s responsibility to build the country on a solid foundation and pass it on to the next generation.
According to Ethiopian Electric Power, the second turbine increases Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s current electric power production capacity to 750 MW.
Once completed, the GERD will have an installed production capacity of 5,150 MW, able to produce an average of 15,700 GWh every year. It is being built by approximately 10,000 people on a yearly average.
Commissioned by Ethiopian Electric Power, the €3.48-billion dam is being built by an Italian construction company, WeBuild, on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz.
Currently, the total civil construction work of the project has reached 95% while the electrical work is 61% complete.
The total project performance of the construction has now reached 83.3 percent, said Kifle Horo, Manager of the GERD Project, adding all efforts are being exerted to complete the project within two and half years.
Once completed, the dam will become an energy hub for the region, which is in great need of energy. It will also allow the country to generate and export clean and renewable electricity, avoiding the emissions of more than two million tonnes of CO2 a year.