Most of the electro-mechanical and other civil works have been completed and the dam began generating power six months ago, Eng. Wondimu Tekle said.

By Yohanes Jeman (The Ethiopian Herald) |

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said that the installation of transmission lines that would transfer power generated from Gibe III Dam to the national grid has been finalized.

Briefing journalists last Thursday, State Minister Engineer Wondimu Tekle said the essential installations from the dam to the national grid through Wolaiyta – Akaki Gelan have been carried out.

The State Minister said that though the project has the capacity to generate 1,870 MW, it has already started supplying 800MW with six turbines.

He said the project is one of the biggest Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dams constructed by the nation.

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According to Eng. Wondimu Tekle, most of the electro-mechanical and other civil works have been completed and the dam began generating power six months ago.

He added that the dam helped nation to address shortage of power in 2008 E.C. (2015-2016).

Beside this, he said that as the dam is big project that could hold excess water, it could help fishing and transport. Furthermore, he said, the dam will serve for tourism development and keep the environment suitable.

According to him, the nation has planed to provide 100 and 75MW to Sudan and Djibouti respectively, according to a report filed by the Amharic daily Addis Zemen.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald
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