Construction of Renaissance Dam well in progress

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Addis Ababa, 21 February 2014 (WIC) – The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is well in progress, according to project’s manager.
GERD, what will be Africa’s largest hydro-electric dam will serve not only Ethiopia, but also Egypt and Sudan. It is being built in Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.
Some 7, 500 workers including 500 experts drawn from 25 countries and 24 hours none stop of work are speeding the construction of the dam, which is expected to improve the living standards of Ethiopians.
“The construction of the dam is going as per schedule and it is now over 30 per cent complete,” Engineer Simegnew Bekkele, project’s manager told WIC recently.
“The excavation, electro mechanical and hydro link works have been done according to the plan,” he said.
The dam is being funded by the government and the people of Ethiopia.
According to Engineer Simegnew, Ethiopians at home and abroad are financing the project. He further called upon the public to strengthen their support.
The government o Ethiopia embarked upon the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam in April 2011.
When completed, it will have the potential to generate 6000 megawatts of electricity.