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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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

 

 

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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Ethio Abay Development Association of BC to Hold GERD Fundraising Event on November 28, 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – October 19, 2015 — Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC) will be holding a fundraising event to raise funds for the GERD project.

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

When:  Saturday November 28, 2015 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

GERD_Project_2015
Photo: GERD Project

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

Looking forward to seeing you all!!!

 

Source: EADABC

 

 

Ethiopians in Winnipeg and Brandon Area Held a Successful GERD Fundraising Event

በዊኒፔግ፣ብራንደንና አካባቢው የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን የተሳካ የታላቁ ህዳሴ ግድብ የገቢ ማሰባሰቢያ ዝግጅት አካሄዱ፣

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The October 3rd Fundraising Event Got a Media Coverage (3 minutes Audio)

Solomon Tekalign of Tsenat Radio in Atlanta, GA covers Ethio Abay Development Association of BC’s fundraising event, with a 3 minutes detailed information.

We appreciate this great coverage by Solomon.

Click below to listen the Amharic coverage:

We look forward to seeing you all at this event.

For more information about the event, visit: https://goo.gl/0AKusf

EADABC

 

 

Ethio Abay Development Association of BC to Hold GERD Fundraising Event on October 3, 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – September 18, 2015 — Ethio Abay Development Association of BC (EADABC) will be holding a fundraising event to raise funds for the GERD project.

Where: At Axum Restaurant – 1279 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC [Google Map]

When:  Saturday October 3, 2015 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

GERD_Project_2015
Photo: GERD Project

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

Looking forward to seeing you all!!!

 

Source: EADABC