The installed hydropower generation capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has increased to 6450MW, with generator upgrades.

Initially designed to generate 5250MW, with the power plant upgrades, the dam’s generation capacity was raised to 6000MW. Six years later, the capacity was increased by an additional 450MW. The generation capacity now matches those of Tekeze, Beles and Gibe-II hydropower plants combined.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, said 56% of the dam project has been completed and it will soon generate an initial 750MW.

“Final preparations are being made to begin filling the dam’s reservoir and construction of power receiver and transmission stations and installation of power transmission lines have been fully completed. The only thing left is fixing the two turbines that generate 375MW each,” he said, adding that Ethiopia is preparing to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the start of its construction with various fund-raising programmes.


Source: Ethiopian Embassy in London