By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
April 4, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The construction of the over four billion dollar Hydro power plant known as Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam being built along Nile river is in full swing, an official said.
The massive dam project is being built in Benishangul Gumuz region’s Guba locality, a vast, arid land some 40 kilometres away from the Sudanese border.
The Nile dam project covers an area of 1,800 sq km totally turning Guba and other localities at the region in to a huge power plant construction site.
Some 400 of the 8,500 workers are expatriates from 25 different countries. they are currently actively engaged in non-stop 24 hours activity at the site despite the scorching heat difficulties where the temperature could reach as high as 49 degree Centigrade.
Project manager engineer, Simegnew Bekele, told visiting journalists that 42% of the dam project has been completed.
Bekele said the project is well in progress in all aspects.
He was confident that the project will be achieved as scheduled in 2017.
“We are aggressively proceeding towards achieving different milestones of the project,” he said adding “This is not only to start generating electricity but also to achieve the earlier generation scheme and finalise construction of the dam in time”