Minister Sileshi Calls for More Support to Complete GERD Construction Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Sileshi Bekele called for Ethiopian Diaspora support to complete the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). - Welcome
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Minister Sileshi Calls for More Support to Complete GERD Construction
Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Sileshi Bekele called for Ethiopian Diaspora support to complete the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The Ethiopian embassy in Canada in collaboration with Alliance for GERD in Canada held a webinar discussion under the theme “Updates on GERD and Information Session on GERD Bond Purchase”.
During the discussion, Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Sileshi Bekele tabled presentations over the current status of the GERD construction and what is expected of the Ethiopian Diaspora to support the project.
The minister made a call to Ethiopian Diaspora in Canada to stand together and extend their support to the completion of the national flagship project.
The Diaspora should consider themselves as ambassadors to their country declaring the rights of Ethiopia to an equitable and fair utilization of the Nile River basin, he noted.
Diaspora Branch Manager at the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Lemma Wakeyo on his part explained the various modalities regarding the purchase of the GERD bonds.
While, Ethiopian Ambassador to Canada, Nassise Chali reiterated how the GERD would benefit all and underscored the need to support the project in advocacy, funding, and in every other possible way.
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Benefits of the Grand Renaissance Project
At the completion of the project, the average generation of 15,759 Giga watt hours per year will have a significant contribution to the national electricity system. The contribution of this project will be higher to reach the targets set by the rural electrification villages and to increase the supply from 44% to 90%.
The major components of the project
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissances Dam is being constructed for the purpose of generating electricity with total installed capacity of average annual energy production of about 15,759 GWh/yr.
Discharge rate about 1,547 m3/s.
The reservoir area will cover 1,874 square kilometers at full supply level of 640 meters above sea level maximum amd 590 metres minimum.
It has a 1.8 km length and 145 m height Roller Compacted Concrete dam.
Saddle Dam embankment of length 5.2 km and height 50 m.
The total storage volume is 74 billion cubic meters