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

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Public raises over 1.9 billion Birr for GERD

Over 1.9 billion Birr has been secured from various income generating schemes for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during the past 11 months of the current fiscal year, Office of National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD disclosed.

Office Public Relations Head Hailu Abraham told The Ethiopian Herald that the performance has surpassed the target by over 400 million Birr. The office has managed to collect a maximum one billion Birr in previous years and the 1.9 billion Birr contribution is unprecedented in this regard.

Noting the Office has planned to raise two billion for GERD in the current year, Hailu said that the public has demonstrated overwhelming participation in financing the construction of the mega dam.

“During the past 10 years we have managed  to collect 15.6 billion Birr from the public to the GERD,” he stated, adding that the office plans to develop a national network that will provide timely information about the dam for Ethiopians residing in home and abroad.

As to the head, preparation has been finalized to launch the GERD network that would have multiple importance in mobilizing funds for the mega dam thereby supporting Ethiopia’s vision to prosper.

The network would bring individual and societal knowledge to support the national efforts to ensure the development and utilization of natural resources, it was learned.

The Ethiopian Herald July 4/2021

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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