Gilgel Gibe III is a 1,870MW hydro power project. It is located on Omo river/basin in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, Ethiopia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. The project construction commenced in 2006 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2015. Buy the profile here.


The project is developed and owned by Ethiopian Electric Power.

The hydro reservoir capacity is 14,700 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 211m. 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 diameter is 7.5m. The project generated 6,500 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $1,800m.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 2006 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2015.

Contractors involved

Webuild was selected to render engineering procurement construction services for the hydro power project.

Dongfang Electric was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 10 units of francis turbines, each with 187MW nameplate capacity.

Dongfang Electric supplied electric generator(s) for the project. The generator capacity is 220 MVA.

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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.


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