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× LOCATIONBenishangul-Gumuz region, Ethiopia.
× CONSTRUCTION STARTED:2011 G.C.
×Area: 1,874 sq KM
× RESERVOIR CAPACITY: 74 billion cubic metres

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Ministry launches Center for Public Diplomacy of Higher Education Institutions for #GERD
High-level government officials have officially inaugurated the establishment of the Center for Public Diplomacy of Higher Education Institutions to enable students and instructors to push agenda items for the success of the Grand Renaissance Dam.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, H.E. Dr. Sileshi Bekele, and Minister of Science and Higher Education H.E. Dr. Samuel Urketo were present at the official establishment of the center.
Along with the center, digital software dubbed "Nile Nations", which is designed to facilitate communication among scholars and students of higher education institutions in the country for the issue of the GERD has also come into operation.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen said it is high time for Ethiopians, including the community in higher institutions to stand up for their national interest, debunk unsubstantiated allegations and be assertive to equitably utilize the natural resource.
The Minister of Science and Higher Education, Dr. Rsamuel Urketo, on his part, said the center will not only bring students and scholars together in national affairs but also increase scientific research on the Nile water.
Dr. Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy noted the Center's significance to adequately protect the country's interest by exposing false claims against the Renaissance Dam.
The "Nile Nations" software is developed free of charge by Mr. Yigremachew Eshetu, a lecturer at Wolayita Sodo University.

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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