The Gilgel Gibe III hydroelectric power project began power generation last week. The 1,870MW Gilgel Gibe III (Gibe III) hydroelectric power project was constructed on the Omo River in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region State (SNNPRS).
The Dam, which is the highest Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam in Africa at 243m, will have a total installed capacity of 1,870mw. This will increase Ethiopia’s power generation capacity by 234% according to Alemayehu Tegenu, Cabinet Affairs Minister, and former Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy.
The power will provide an important contribution to Ethiopia’s socio-economic development by feeding the country’s grid as well as facilitating more power to the country’s power-export program and assisting regional integration among neighboring countries through the interconnected power links.
Chinese EXIM bank are reportedly providing 85% financing for the project.