Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project

Name of Project:

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project



Country:
Ethiopia

Client:
Ethiopian Electric Power

Total value:
€ 3,377.05 million

Start of works:
December 2010

Expected duration:
78 months

The project is located approximately 500 km north west of the capital Addis Ababa, in the region of Benishangul - Gumaz along the Blue Nile.

The project is located approximately 500 km north west of the capital Addis Ababa, in the region of Benishangul - Gumaz along the Blue Nile. At the end of the works, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be the largest dam in Africa: 1,800 m long, 155 m high and with a total volume of 74,000 million m³.

The project involves the construction of a main dam in Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC), with 2 power stations installed at the foot of the dam. The power stations are positioned on the right and left banks of the river and comprise 16 Francis turbines with a total installed power of 6,000 MW and estimated production of 15,000 GWh per year. The project is completed by a 15,000 m3/s capacity concrete spillway and a rockfill saddle dam 5 km long and 50 m high, both located on the left bank.

MAIN TECHNICAL DATA:

MAIN DAM

Height: 155 m

Length: 1,780 m

Excavations: 3,500,000 m³

Volume: 10,200,000 m³

 

POWERHOUSES (x2)

Right river-bank: 10 Francis turbines, each offering 375 MW

Left river-bank: 6 Francis turbines, each offering 375 MW

POWER & ENERGY

Installed power: 6,000 MW

Generation capacity: 15,000 GWh/year

ROCKFILL SADDLE DAM

Height: 50 m

Length: 5,000 m

Rockfill Volume: 16,500,000 m³

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Last update: 16/12/2016

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