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Ethiopia’s dam second turbine power generation inaugurated , project to be completed in two years

Second turbine is celebrated but it will take  two more years before Ethiopia’s GERD dam project is completed based on remarks from the project manager 

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed back row first left is seen with National Bank Governor Yinager Dessie and Benishangul region head Ahsadli Hassan. In the Front is Project official. (Photo : EBC)


Ethiopia on Thursday inaugurated power generation from the second turbine of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – a mega project in the continent that has caused disputes with Egypt and Sudan.

Breaking news coverage from the state media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate (EBC), showed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed being greeted by Engineer Kifle Horo – the project manager. 

Apart from celebrating the second power generation, the event was organized to evaluate the progress of the project.  

The manager disclosed that the overall project completion has reached 83.3 percent. The Civil engineering part of the project is 95 percent completed, and mechanical only 61 percent completed and the metal work is 73 percent – according to Kifle Horo. 

The middle part of the dam has reached 100 meters above the ground. It is said that it was only 25 meters when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) lost central government power in 2018. 

At this point two turbines have started generating power and the third filling of the dam is underway. Kifle Horo did not say it was completed. 

President Sahle Work Zewde, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the Minister for Defense Abraham Belay and  Deputy Chief of the Ethiopian Defense Force Abebaw Tadesse attended the ceremony which was organized on the block where the second turbine is installed. 

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Ethiopian Authorities are seen standing for the National Anthem of Ethiopia during celebration of Second turbine power generation. Left to right : Deputy Defense Chief Abebaw Tadesse, First Lady Zinash Tayachew, PM Abiy Ahmed, President Sahlework Zewde , Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Adem Farah who is ruling party deputy chairman (photo : EBC)

The reservoir was expected to have about 18 billion cubic meters of water when the third filling is completed. However, there are indications that the dam retained more water this year as the Ethiopian rain this year is heavier. The third filling is apparently completed too. 

Sheleshi Bekele, former minister for irrigation, energy and water resources who is now serving as Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States, said “…Today marks the inauguration of the second turbine with capacity of 375MW.The GERD level lower block has reached 600m to store total volume of ~22BCM over three years filling period…” 

For Engineer Seleshi Bekele, “The filling has passed unnoticed, without causing any harm to downstream but immense benefit to protection against flood. Those protected against extreme events of flood with Ethiopia’s investment should also be happy!!” 

The third filling does not seem to have affected the water level reaching lower riparian countries. There have been reports of flooding in Sudan from the Nile river.  

“Those protected against extreme events of flood with Ethiopia’s investment should also be happy…” Engineer Seleshi remarked in his social media update. 

The inauguration of the second turbine has created a festive mood among a considerable number of Ethiopians – based on trends on social media updates. 

Egypt has been sabotaging the project not only by initiating a political battle at the level of the UN security council, among other platforms but also by financing proxy wars in Ethiopia. 

The latest attempt to attack Ethiopia came from the renowned terrorist group Al-Shabab whose 800 forces were killed in the Somali region in South Eastern Ethiopia, according to Ethiopian government. 


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  1. I hear many Egyptians despising Ethiopians as “poor” and so on. What is wrong if we try to reduce our poverty by selling electricity without affecting the flow of water that reaches you? Why do our women have to use wood energy ? Why should we be poor when you use Nile water for recreational purposes? Aren’t these rich fat Egyptians telling you the truth, because Ethiopians do not want to harm the Egyptioan farmer but we cannot always tolerate the insult that middle class Egypitians heap on us . As to the proxy wars and the destabilizing frenzy – you better stop it because It is getting nowhere. The best option – we both benefit from Abay. Forget the frenzy that some bloated Egypitians are uselessly dpromoting.

  2. Okay, bigots! This is in your face, you losers! You can now run all the was to Al-Qahirah and console your sugar drunk sponsors there! While you are at it stoop down and kiss their feet!

    Let me see; the first turbine has the capacity of generating 375MW of electricity and this will generate another 375MW of electricity which means a total of 750MW of electric power is being generated now as we speak. 750MW has the capacity of electrifying close to 750,000 homes in a developing country. Hey bigots! As dumb as you are you may be thinking about grabbing a bare wire to unplug it. If you do that you gonna end up being dead and uglier than you are now. You gonna stink the whole neighborhood!!! The only skill you are good at is hurling Oromumma this Fano or Woyane that to denigrate groups of upright and proud people.

    This news makes me feel good. I’m good for a month!!!!!


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