Ethiopia has begun generating electricity at its new 5,000 MW roller-compacted concrete gravity-type dam on the Nile River. The first 375 MW went to the national grid on Feb. 20. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed switched on the first of the 13 installed turbines at the $4.8-billion hydropower plant—also known as Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዳሴ ግድብ in Amharic—as he sought to allay fears the facility could impact the Nile’s flow to downriver countries Sudan and Egypt.

This is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa. The 145-m-high, 1,780-m-long dam with 74 billion m3 reservoir could take up to seven years to fill. [ENR]

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