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The Great Millennium Dam of Ethiopia

Tigrai Online
April. 12 2011

Ethiopia has announced plans to develop the largest hydroelectric power project in Africa. Ethiopian Power Corp. has selected Salini Construttori Spa, a Rome, Italy-based construction company to build the “Great Millennium Dam” for close to $5 billion.

The dam will be constructed on the Nile River just 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border of Sudan. It is estimated that the dam will produce 5,250 MW of electricity. The first 700 MW are due to come online by 2015. The project will be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa.