ADDIS ABABA – The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has officially started power production.
The dam started to generate 350MW using one of its turbines on Sunday after weeks of test trials.
“Today, Africa’s largest power plant, the GERD’s first turbine began generating power,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared.
“This is a good news for our continent as well as the downstream countries with whom we aspire to work together, the Prime Minister continued.
“As Ethiopia marks the birth of a new era, I congratulate all Ethiopians!,” he said.
The GERD project, which has been in construction since 2011, will have a total of 13 turbines and have a total capacity of 5,760GW hours.
Abiy says the Gerd is vital for its development as it could bring power to 60% of the population.
“It also will be, when fully operational, the largest hydro-electric plant in Africa, and projected to provide power to 65 million Ethiopians, who currently lack a regular electricity supply,” said the PM.
The entire project cost of some USD 5+ billion is covered by Ethiopia with no loans from any external sources.
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