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Millennium Hydropower Plant

Location Benishangul-Gumuz Region - ET
Investment 4,760,000,000 USD
Announced 4/2/2011
Completion 7/30/2017
Scope Millennium Hydropower Plant (also known as Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) or Hidase Dam) is located at approximately 750 km northwest of Addis Ababa, on the Blue Nile, in the Benishangul - Gumaz National Regional State and 40km from the Sudan border.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be the largest dam in Africa: 1,800 m long, 170 m high and with an overall volume of 10.2 million m. The project involves the construction of a main dam in Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) on the Blue Nile, 1,800 m long, 155 m high and with an overall volume of 10.2 million m; two hydroelectric power plants located on the two banks of the river the one on the right bank with 10 Francis turbines (each with a 375MW capacity), the one on the left bank with 6 turbines with a total installed capacity of 6000 MW and an expected output of 15,000 GWh/year; a concrete surface spillway with a capacity of 15,000 m/s, a 5 km long saddle dam built in rockfill with an overall volume of 17 million m; and a 500-kV substation and ancillary works.

Financing of the Grand Renaissance Project
The project is being funded by the Ethiopian Government through the sale of bonds to Ethiopians as well as international buyers.

Development Milestones

11/30/2010 A design for the dam was submitted.
4/2/2011 Ethiopia officially put the first foundation stones on the project.
3/30/2012 The Ethiopian government upgraded the power plant's design, increasing it from 5,250 MW to 6,000 MW.
11/23/2012 Ethiopia began construction of the Millennium Hydropower plant.
5/28/2013 The Ethiopian government started the work in the diversion of the Blue Nile, which marked the start of the actual process of the construction of the Millennium Hydropower Plant.
4/3/2015 The project has reached 40% completion.

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Alstom   Products catalog
On 7 Janaury 2013, Alstom was awarded contract from Metals & Engineering Corporation (METEC) to supply eight 375MW Francis turbines and generators for phase 1 of the Grand Renaissance hydropower project. Alstom will also provide engineering and power plant commissioning services as part of the contract.
Metals & Engineering Corporation (METEC)   Products catalog
Metal and Engineering Corporation was awarded a contract for the electromechanical work for Millennium Hydropower plant.
Salini Costruttori S.p.A.   Products catalog
On 31 March 2011, Salini Costruttori S.p.A was awarded a contract, worth 3.350 billion euro, for the building of Millennium Hydropower plant.
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On 1 March 2012, Tratos Cavi SPA was awarded a contract from Salini to supply low- and high-voltage cable for Millennium Hydropower Plant.

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