Ethiopia launches Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant to generate 5,000 MW of electricity

(ORDO NEWS) — Ethiopia for the first time began generating electricity with its Hadase hydroelectric power plant, the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa. Not all neighbors like this project

According to Interesting Engineering , the Hadase HPP, or the Ethiopian Renaissance Great Dam, is located in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia near the border with Sudan on the Blue Nile River.

According to a Twitter post , on February 20, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali pushed a series of buttons that allegedly triggered a megadam in the country.

The hydropower plant, which began construction back in 2011, will eventually cost $4.2 billion and produce more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity. According to the local government, part of the electricity will be exported to neighboring countries.

The dam will not only generate electricity, but also begin to regulate the flow of water in the region, which should improve agriculture and minimize water shortages.

But not everyone is happy with the project…

Some neighboring countries, such as Sudan and Egypt, have criticized the project and believe it could lead to severe water shortages downstream.

Egypt, which uses 97 percent of its water from the Nile for drinking and agriculture, fears the hydroelectric power plant will cause serious problems in the country.

On the other hand, Sudan hopes the dam will help regulate the country’s floods, but also fears it will interfere with their own dams.

Both countries are currently discussing with Ethiopia the rules for operating the Hadase hydroelectric power plant.

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