GERD’s Ten-month Electricity Output Exceeds Target

ADDIS ABABA – The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) generated over 2,700 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity in the past ten months, a state-owned electric power producer says.

The generated power exceeded authorities’ expectation as the dam contributed 16 percent of the nation’s total output in the same period.

Currently, two turbines, of the 13 total turbines at the dam, are generating 750 megawatts of electricity.

During the first ten months of the June ending fiscal year, officials of the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) expected the GERD to produce 2,152.8 GWh.

It, however, exceeded the target by 26 percent and generated 2,711 GWh, said Tiruwerk Shiferaw, EEP’s power generation plan bureau Chief.

According to her, the dam also produced 16 percent of the nation’s electricity output of the same period which was 16,900GWh.

This Year marks the thirteenth anniversary of the laying of the foundation of GERD. located in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region. Currently, the construction is 95% complete.

Authorities say it will transform the national economy when Gerd is fully operational.

The process of filling the dam’s reservoir, which has a total capacity of 75 billion cubic meters, began in 2020.

Two years later, it started generating power through the utilisation of one first turbine and the second turbine joined in six months later.

When it is fully completed, the Gerd is expected to generate over 5,000 megawatts of electricity. This will increase the nation’s current electricity output by 83%, according to Tiruwerk.

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