Deputy Minister of Water and Irrigation, Frehiwot Woldehanna has announced that
the Genale Dawa III hydroelectric dam would be commissioned in the second half
According to China Gezhouaba Group Company (CGGC),
the contractor in charge of the project, the dam will start supplying
electricity to the national grid by the second half of 2019.
The 254-MW capacity facility is a concrete-lined
rockfill dam built in the Genale Dawa River Basin in the Oromia region of
southern Ethiopia. The water reservoir is 110 m high and has a peak length of
The dam is capable of holding 3.2 million m3 of
water and is equipped with a spillway. Water enters the plant through a 679-m
long tunnel, which runs three 84.7-MW turbogenerators, CGGC which oversees the
civil and electronics works of the project said.
Note that 60% of the financing was provided through
a loan from Exim Bank of China. The remaining 40% was injected directly by the
Chinese company, Electric Power Equipment and Technology, will start operating the transmission line from Ethiopia to Kenya in the second half of 2019. The 1,045-km-long line will be able to transmit 2,000 MW of electricity.