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Infrastructures: This is the Largest Hydroelectric Dam in Africa

The Grand Dam of the Ethiopian Renaissance is the largest in Africa. It is part of the Infrastructure Development Program in Africa (PIDA). This vast program implemented by the African Union has identified 51 large infrastructure projects with high integration impact on the continent. A team of some 20 journalists and officials from the AU Infrastructure and Energy Committee visited the infrastructure on Wednesday, November 7th.

More than 1,800 meters long, the Ethiopian Renaissance Grand Dam is located along the Blue Nile in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, about 600 km northwest of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

This hydroelectric dam has nothing to envy to all the infrastructures of the same type already functional on the continent. Indeed, with a height of 155 m, the “symbol” of the Renaissance of Ethiopia, should be the longest, the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa, with a production capacity of more than 6000 megawatts.

Infrastructures: Discover the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa!


The Renaissance Dam, a huge economic asset

This groundbreaking project started in April 2011, but could not be completed in 2018, as planned, due to numerous problems related to the mobilization of financial resources, and conflicts of interest with Sudanese and Egyptian neighbors.

Yet, it is well known, Ethiopia is certainly the big beneficiary, but is far from being the only one, the dam being built on the border with Sudan.

At a cost of more than 4.8 billion dollars, the Ethiopian Renaissance Grand Dam should, in addition to the production of electricity which is its main purpose, also promote the development of trade, and the displacement of by road construction in the region. It is a tourism asset, a factor of socio-economic integration, said Kifle Horo, general manager of the electricity company of Ethiopia, to journalists, the day after the visit.

“We evaluate the level of the works to more than 70% of realization,” told the reporter of Afrikmag, an engineer on the site. More than 12,000 jobs have been created through this project.

Infrastructures: Discover the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa!

Hartman N’CHO


Written by How Africa

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