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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 6,000 MW
Contract signed: 2011
Client: Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP)
Value: € 3,377.05million

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam represents the future of Ethiopia's energy production. Once the dam is finished, it will be the largest of the African continent, measuring 1,800 m in length and 155 m in height, with a 74,000 million m3 reservoir.

The project is located along the Blue Nile, at approximately 700 km north-west of Addis Ababa, within the Benishangul – Gumaz region. It comprises a main RCC dam and 2 hydroelectric power plants situated on the river's two banks. The power-plant on the right bank includes 10 Francis turbines (each one generating 375 MW). The one on the left river bank includes 6 turbines with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW and an expected yearly production equal to 15,000 GWh. The project also includes a concrete surface spillway (offering a capacity of 15,000 m3/s,) a 5 km-long rockfill saddle dam (offering an overall volume of 17 million m3); a 400 Kv power line connecting the Beles substation to a 500 Kv substation and other accessory works (roads, bridges, etc.).

Today, GERD is the country's main ongoing hydroelectric project: it will triplicate Ethiopia's consumed energy and will be the country's driving force for exporting energy to its neighbouring countries.

Exports that have been guaranteed today towards Sudan, Djibouti, South Sudan and Yemen will generate annual takings equal to €2 billion.


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