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Amid a bitter standoff with Egypt over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia is considering cutting the installed capacity of the Dam by 1,300MW. The Dam that has been under construction since 2011 was planned to have an installed capacity of 6,450MW of power. However, the project office of the Dam proposes to slash the installed capacity to 5,150MW, decreasing the number of turbines to be installed for power generation. The project office has already forwarded the proposal to Ethiopian Electric Power and is waiting for approval.

 

Initially, the Dam was planned to have 16 turbine units, but the office has proposed slashing three units in a bid to reduce the unit cost of the Dam, according to Kifle Horo, chief engineer of the Dam.“Installing the turbines will only raise the overall cost of the Dam while having no significant effect on the capacity factor," Kifle told FortuneThe capacity factor is the unitless ratio of actual electrical energy output over a given period compared to the maximum possible electrical energy output over the given period. Upon completion, the Dam will generate 15,760GWh of energy a year on average.

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Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Dr. Sileshi Bekele told a press conference today that Ethiopia has wholly rejected Egypt’s proposal on what could be guaranteed after the filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopia rejected the proposal at recent summit held in Cairo, Egypt, said the Minster adding the need to further negotiations.

The three nations- Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will discuss the matter from 30 Sep- 3rd Sep. 2019. After the dam filling, Egypt said it shall receive 45 billion meter cubic of water annually, and don’t want to see the height of Aswan Dam lower than 167 meters, demands Ethiopian rejected at their entirety, said the Minster. According to the Minster, independent Science and Investigation Committee, which is drawn from three countries, will deal on the matter.

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Ethiopian Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister, Dr. Sileshi Bekele told a press conference today that Ethiopia has wholly rejected Egypt’s proposal on what could be guaranteed after the filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopia rejected the proposal at recent summit held in Cairo, Egypt, said the Minster adding the need to further negotiations.

The three nations- Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will discuss the matter from 30 Sep- 3rd Sep. 2019. After the dam filling, Egypt said it shall receive 45 billion meter cubic of water annually, and don’t want to see the height of Aswan Dam lower than 167 meters, demands Ethiopian rejected at their entirety, said the Minster. According to the Minster, independent Science and Investigation Committee, which is drawn from three countries, will deal on the matter.

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Ethiopia announced a Power Shading Program that will last two consecutive months starting from the beginning of May 2019 mainly due to a drop in the water levels of the hydroelectric dams resulting in production deficits, according to Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water. Irrigation and Electricity Ministry, and Shiferaw Telila, CEO of Ethiopian Electric Utility, press release.

According to the press release, the current average production capacity of the hydroelectric power plants lowers to 1400MW resulting in up to 700MW gap to meet demand. The power rationing was therefore necessary to be able to manage the power demand and supply gap until the rainy season starts.  

 

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