Gilgel Gibe I Dam

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Gilgel Gibe I Dam
Gilgel Gibe I Dam is located in Ethiopia
Gilgel Gibe I Dam
Location of Gilgel Gibe I Dam in Ethiopia
Country Ethiopia
Location Jimma, Oromia Region
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Purpose Power
Status Operational
Construction began 1988
Opening date 2004; 15 years ago (2004)
Owner(s) Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, rock-fill
Impounds Omo River
Height 40 m (130 ft)
Length 1,700 m (5,600 ft)
Reservoir
Total capacity 917,000,000 m3 (743,000 acre·ft)
Active capacity 717,000,000 m3 (581,000 acre·ft)
Power station
Name Gilgel Gibe I Power Station
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Commission date 2004
Type Conventional, diversion
Turbines 3 x 61.3 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 184 MW

The Gilgel Gibe I Dam is a rock-filled embankment dam on the Omo River in Ethiopia. It is located about 57 km (35 mi) northeast of Jimma in Oromia Region. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it diverts water through a 9.2 km (5.7 mi) long tunnel to an underground power station downstream. It has an installed capacity of 184 MW, enough to power over 123,200 households.[1] The dam is 1,700 m (5,600 ft) long and 40 m (130 ft) tall. Construction on the dam began in 1998 but work was halted in 1994. In 1995 construction restarted with a new construction firm. The power station was commissioned in 2004.[2]

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References

  1. "EIB to Kick in for Gilgel Gibe 1?". www.africaintelligence.com. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2009-08-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Hydroelectric Power Plants in Ethiopia & Kenya". IndustCards. Retrieved 3 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>