Gibe III Hydroelectric Project

Name of Project:

Gibe III Hydroelectric Project



Country:
Ethiopia

Client:
Ethiopian Electric Power

Total value:
€ 1,470 million

Construction period:
2006-2016

The project is located approximately 300 km south west of the capital Addis Ababa.

The works consist of the design and construction of a Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam and an open-air power plant with 10 Francis turbines with a total installed power of 1,870 MW and an expected energy output of 6,500 GWh per year.

The project also involves three diversion tunnels and two twin pumping tunnels, two intake structures, two horizontal tunnels, four vertical wells and two distributors.

MAIN TECHNICAL DATA:

DAM

Height: 250 m

Crest length: 630 m

Excavation: 4,000,000 m3

Roller Compacted Concrete: 6,114,000 m3

POWERHOUSE

Size: 234x37x43

Turbines: 10 Francis turbines with a capacity of 187 MW each

POWER & ENERGY

Installed power: 1,870 MW

Generation capacity: 6,500 GWh/year

RESERVOIR

Surface Area: 200 km²

Storage Capacity: 14,000 x 160 m³

RIVER DIVERSION

2 x Cofferdams (Embankment) Upstream height 55 m, Downstream height 19 m

3 x diversion tunnels, total length 3,218 m

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REPORTAGE - 14/12/2016THE WATER TOWER OF AFRICA
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REPORTAGE - 20/07/2016THE WALLS THAT HARNESS WATER
REPORTAGE - 01/10/2015ETHIOPIA, AFRICA'S DREAM

Last update: 03/09/2018

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