GERD to Start Early Generation in June

November 28 , 2020


GERD to Start Early Generation in June

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will start early generation next June, according to Seleshi Bekele (PhD), minister of Water, Irrigation & Energy. Started a decade ago, the construction of the Dam has reached over 70pc of completion, and the first water filling was finalised in July of this year. The Dam, which has a capacity of producing 5,150MW of energy, was scheduled to be completed in five phases: a contract signing that was meant to be finalised during the first quarter of 2011; impounding that should have been started in the second quarter of 2013; early generation, scheduled to have been launched in the third quarter of 2014; completion of civil work, which was planned to be concluded in 2016; while full completion was scheduled for mid-2017. The latest round of tripartite negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt was held two weeks ago. Ethiopia finalised the first water filling before the negotiations between the three countries concluded.


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