Gilgel Gibe is a 604MW hydro power project. It is located on Omo river/basin in Oromia, Ethiopia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. The project construction commenced in 1984 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2004. Buy the profile here.


The project was developed by Ethiopian Electric Power and Webuild. The project is currently owned by Ethiopian Electric Power.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 917 million cubic meter. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 2 in number. The penstock length is 950m. The penstock diameter is 2.8m.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 1984 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2004.

Contractors involved

Gilgel Gibe (Gilgel Gibe I) is equipped with Voith Hydro Holding francis turbines. The phase consists of 3 turbines.

Gilgel Gibe (Gilgel Gibe II ) is equipped with Voith Hydro Holding pelton turbines. The phase consists of 4 turbines with 105MW nameplate capacity.

The electric generators for the project were procured from Voith Hydro Holding.

Voith Hydro Holding is the O&M contractor for the Gilgel Gibe (Gilgel Gibe II ) for a period of 2 years.

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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.

About Webuild

Webuild SpA (Webuild), is a heavy construction contractor. It specializes in executing large and complex projects. The company offers design, engineering and construction services for dams, hydroelectric plants, canals, railways, metros, bridges, roads, motorways, civil and industrial buildings and airports. It also executes underground works, and civil engineering works for waste-to-energy plants and environmental protection projects. The company also carries out concession activities related to motorways, metros and car parks. Webuild primarily serves water, renewable energy, transport and urban infrastructure sectors. It has operations in several countries across Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Webuild is headquartered in Milan, Italy.


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