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New £1.9bn mega hydro plant in Ethiopia

Koysha Dam

A new mega hydroelectric plant worth €2.5bn (£1.9bn) and an installed capacity of 2,200MW is to be built in Ethiopia.

The project includes construction of the Koysha Dam, a new 170m high rolled compacted concrete (RCC) dam which is being built by Italian civil engineering contractor Salini Impregilo. When completed, the newly created reservoir will hold a volume of 6bn.m3 and the hydroelectric plant will produce 6,460GWh annually.

Salini Impregilo said that the new project, together with the Gibe III Dam and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) on the Blue Nile, would enable Ethiopia to become Africa’s leader in terms of energy production.

As of today, Ethiopia exports energy in neighbouring countries Kenya, Sudan and Djibouti.

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