Genale Dawa 3 is a 254MW hydro power project. It is located on Dawa river/basin in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Ethiopia. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2020.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 254 254 Active Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Ethiopia Ethiopian Electric Power


The project is developed and owned by Ethiopian Electric Power.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 3.2 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 273m. The penstock length is 188m. The penstock diameter is 4.8m. The project generated 1,600 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $451m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2020.

Contractors Involved

China Gezhouba Group was selected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.

DEC Dongfang Electric Machinery was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 3 units of francis turbines, each with 85MW nameplate capacity.

DEC Dongfang Electric Machinery supplied 3 electric generators for the project.

About Ethiopian Electric Power

Ethiopian Electric Power Corp (Ethiopian Electric Power), formerly The Ethiopian Electric Light and Power Authority, is an electricity company that generates, transmits and distributes electricity. The company generates, transmits and supply power. It maintains the interconnected System and transmits electricity from hydropower plants and wind farms. Ethiopian Electric Power constructs and administrate power generation plants, high voltage and whole sale of electricity. The company owns and operates electric circuit transmission lines and substations. It also operates hydropower projects, wind projects, geothermal projects and transmission and substation projects. The company provide service across Ethopia. Ethiopian Electric Power is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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