GERD’s Second Turbine Begins Generating Power

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.



The dam – which will become Africa’s largest hydropower producer – has now added 270-MW electric power generating capacity.

Today, PM Abiy and President Sahlewok Zewde presided over the launch of GERD’s Second Turbine power production at the project site.

Named Unit 9, it is among the total of 13 turbines that the dam will have and has started production today after finishing a trial period.

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.



The second turbine increases Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s current electric power production capacity to 540-MW.

Once completed, the GERD will have an installed production capacity of 5,150 MW, able to produce an average 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.

Once completed, it 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.

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