Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project is a 5,150MW hydro power project. It is planned on Blue Nile river/basin in Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently at the partially active stage. It will be developed in multiple phases. The project construction is likely to commence in 2011 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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Description

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

Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is planned to be 74,000 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project will be 123m. 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, is expected to be 15 in number. The penstock length will be 180m. The penstock diameter will be 8.5m. The project is expected to generate 15,700 GWh of electricity.

Development status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2011. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2022.

Contractors involved

Webuild is expected to render engineering procurement construction services for the hydro power project.

Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project (Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project Phase-I) will be equipped with GE Renewable Energy francis turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 375MW nameplate capacity.

Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project (Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project Phase-II) will be equipped with GE Renewable Energy francis turbine. The phase consists of 1 turbine with 375MW nameplate capacity.

Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project (Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project Phase-II) will be equipped with GE Renewable Energy francis turbines. The phase consists of 5 turbines with 400MW nameplate capacity.

Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project (Grand Renaissance hydroelectric project Phase-II) will be equipped with Voith Hydro Shanghai francis turbines. The phase consists of 6 turbines with 400MW nameplate capacity.

The electric generators for the project will be procured from GE Renewable Energy and Voith Hydro Shanghai.

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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. 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.

This content was updated on 22 April 2024

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