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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 08:52

Installation of two turbines commences at Blue Nile hydro dam

Ethiopia has begun installing the first two turbines, which will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity, in its 6 000MW hydroelectric plant on its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.

Although the river basin covers eleven countries, 85% of its water rises in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government is on an ambitious drive to increase its installed electricity capacity from the current 4 400MW to 17 300MW by 2020, with part of the electricity to be exported to neighbouring and regional countries.

Border towns in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland and Kenya are already interconnected with the Ethiopian power grid. Plans to connect the grid to South Sudan were foiled by the outbreak of a civil war in that country in December 2013.

Ethiopia is planning to fuel its ambitious industrialisation plans with renewal hydro, geothermal, wind, solar and bio-waste energy, and to become a net zero carbon emitter by 2025.

Source: SABC  

Link: http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/d886a2004dd59a5c9e21be1caade0c3d/Installation-of-two-turbines-commence-at-Blue-Nile-hydro-dam:Report-20161208