GERD, Africa’s Largest Hydro Dam, Now 66 Percent Completed

As of April 2, 2018 (seven years after the groundbreaking), GERD is now 66 percent completed.

A high voltage electric transmission line built by State Grid of China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co. Ltd (SGCC) at a cost of 1 billion dollars has been inaugurated, waiting for GERD’s total commissioning to be operational.

Photo taken on April 2, 2018 shows a mega dam in Guba, Ethiopia. The 6,450 Mega Watts hydro dam named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is the largest hydro project in Africa. GERD is currently at 65 percent completion and will require about five billion U.S. dollars to be complete. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

ADDIS ABABA, May 2 (Xinhua) — Africa’s largest hydro dam project, the 6,450 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is 66 percent complete, an Ethiopian official has said.

Speaking to Xinhua, Bizuneh Tolcha, Director of Public Relations and Communications Directorate at the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), said on Saturday the construction of the hydro project is going well and is expected to start partial test power generation soon.

The project is a major part of a massive energy infrastructure project the Ethiopian government is undertaking which aims to see the country’s power generation capacity increase from the current 4,280 MW to 17,300 MW by 2020, he said.

The Ethiopian government has embarked on massive energy projects across the country with a view to succeeding in its plans to make the East African country a light industry hub in Africa and a middle-income economy by 2025.

A security officer beefs up security at a mega dam site in Guba, Ethiopia, April 2, 2018. The 6,450 Mega Watts hydro dam named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is the largest hydro project in Africa. GERD is currently at 65 percent completion and will require about five billion U.S. dollars to be complete. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

GERD, whose construction started in April 2011, is being built at a cost of 4.7 billion U.S. dollars, fully financed from domestic resources and is expected to have a reservoir with a total of 74 billion cubic meters of water upon completion.

The hydro dam, which is being built on Blue Nile river 40 km from Sudanese border, has been billed as a landmark project signaling Ethiopia’s renaissance.

Already, a high voltage electric transmission line built by State Grid of China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co. Ltd (SGCC) at a cost of 1 billion dollars has been inaugurated, waiting for GERD’s total commissioning to be operational.

Go Ethiopia Go!!!

 

 

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Vancouver Ethiopian GERD 5th Anniversary June 11 2016

Vancouver Ethiopian GERD 5th Anniversary June 11 2016.

BC NDP MLA Adrian Dix speaks as a guest of honour …

Ethio Abay Development Association of BC to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the GERD Project on June 11, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC – May 5, 2016 — Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC) will be holding a party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the launch of the GERD Project.

Where: At Korean Community Center – 1320 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC [Google Map]

When:  Saturday June 11, 2016 6:30 PM

All are welcome to attend this important fundraising event.

Extraordinary guests of honour will be on the stage to explain about the GERD project, Ethiopia’s development efforts, and Ethiopia’s Diaspora engagement in the development of the country. Please don’t miss this opportunity. Come and enjoy your evening by partaking Ethiopian traditional meals, dancing the night away with great cultural DJ music.

Tickets are only $30.00 CAD, which includes a buffet dinner.

For tickets or additional information, please contact anyone of the following phone numbers:

  • 778 896 9985
  • 604 716 1581
  • 778 960 7993
  • 604 721 7252

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Photo: GERD Project

About the GERD Project:
https://ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com/about-gerd/

Additional information on GERD is found here.

Looking forward to seeing you all!!!

 

Source: EADABC

 

 

The November 28th Fundraising Event has been Cancelled Due to Death

VANCOUVER, BC – November 11, 2015 — Ethio Abay Development Association of British Columbia (EADABC) announces the cancellation of the November 28th, 2015 fundraising event due to the death of Elleni Gebremichael, a well loved and respected sister.

“Ellen was an angel”, said her uncle Mr. Mekonnen Tedla, Board Member at EADABC. “Her persona transcended many cultures, and had touched many lives. A multitude of friends are shocked by her sudden death, but she will continue to live through her family and friends. We will always keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Elleni was a beautiful, hardworking, and respectful young woman who lived a great life,” said Mr. Kassa Seged Mengesha, PR Director of EADABC. “We have decided to cancel the November 28th, 2015 fundraising event in her honour. She was a passionate soul, who was admired by her family, friends and co-workers.

“Elleni was a respectful young woman, who made an indelible mark on the lives of many she knew”, added uncle Mr. Tedla. “She inspired and influenced family and friends whom she loved and enjoyed so much. She was not only fearless and dedicated, but also strong and fervent in what she believed in.”

“While we mourn the loss of a very good young woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to all of us, especially to the young people in our community, to work harder to make their dreams come true”, said Mr. Berhane Kahsay, Elleni’s another uncle. “We would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral services and all those who have comforted us during this difficult time”.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Elleni, we have a simple request: Live your life to the fullest; Honour your parents; Love your family and friends; and Appreciate your life!

About EADABC and the GERD Project:
https://ethiopiangranddam.wordpress.com/about-gerd/

Short URL to share — https://goo.gl/yVqrNS

 

Source: EADABC

 

 

 

 

Announcing the Death of Elleni Gebremichael

It is with deep sorrow that Ethio Abay Development Association of BC​ announces the untimely death of our beloved sister Elleni Gebremichael.

Elleni will be missed by her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace! May the Almighty God be with the bereaved.

Prayer services will take place on Sunday November 8, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located at 304 8th Street, New Westminster, BC.

The funeral will take place on Sunday November 8 from 1:30 PM to 3:45 PM at the Forest Lawn Funeral Home, located at 3879 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, BC.

In her memory, starting at 4:30 PM on Sunday November 8, refreshments will be served at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 5280 Kincaid Street, Burnaby, BC.

Eleni Gebremichael Passes Away in Vancouver BC Canada
Photo: Eleni Gebremichael

For more information, please contact Kassa Seged Mengesha at 604-721-7252.

 

Announcement in Amharic follows:

 

የ እህታችን እሌኒ ገብረሚካኤል የቀብር ሥነሥርዓት እሑድ November 8, 2015 ሲሆን

ፕሮግራሙም እንደሚከተለው ይሆናል።

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

በኆህተ ሰማይ ቅድስተ ማርያም የኢትዮጵያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋሕዶ ቤተክርስቲያን 304 8th Street, New Westminster የጸሎተ ፍትሃት ሥነ ሥርዓት ይከናወናል

130 PM – 2:30 PM

Forest Lawn Funeral Home 3789 Royal Oak Avenue Burnaby የስንብት ስነ ሥርዓት ከተከናወነ በኋላ

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM በዚያው በ Forest Lawn Funeral Home 3789 Royal Oak Avenue Burnaby የቀብሩሥነ ሥርዓት ይፈጸማል

4:30 PM ጀምሮ ፀበል ፀዲቅ

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5280 Kincaid Street Burnaby

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Ethiopia’s $5bn GERD Project that Could Turn it into Africa’s Water Powerhouse

Milena Veselinovic, for CNN

Tue October 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: Each week, Africa View explores the trends, figures and initiatives shaping Africa. From education and energy to technology and innovation, it showcases topics and influential sectors driving countries on the continent.

(CNN) — It’s called the Grand Renaissance Dam — and the clue is in the name.

With some 8,500 laborers working around the clock on its construction, the imposingly-named dam is surely one of Africa’s most ambitious infrastructure projects, reaffirming Ethiopia’s ambitions of becoming a big regional player and a major exporter of power.

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