February 20, 2022 (GMN) – Congratulation to Ethiopia! The dream has come true indeed. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), began generating electricity from its giant hydropower dam on a Nile River tributary, a project it sees as key to its economic development but that has stirred tensions with downstream neighbors.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam can now generate 700 megawatts, authorities said Sunday at a ceremony in Guba, near the border with Sudan, that was attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
The $4.2-billion (3.7 billion euro) project (GERD) is ultimately expected to produce more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity, more than doubling Ethiopia's electricity output.