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Friday, October 01, 2010

Ethiopia - Tekeze hydropower is a finalist for Power Engineering magazine Award


Ethiopia - Tekeze hydropower is a finalist for Power Engineering magazine Award

The Tekeze hydropower project in Ethiopia has been selected as one of the finalists for the Power Engineering magazine Projects of the Year Awards. The editors of Power Engineering magazine and PennWell Corp. have announced 11 finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program. Two hydropower projects are among the finalists for this year's awards, these are the Tekeze hydropower in Ethiopia and the Canoe Creek hydroelectric project in British Columbia, Canada.

The Tekezé Dam, is a large, $360 million dollar hydroelectric in double-curvature arch dam in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on the Tekezé River, a Nile tributary that flows through one of the deepest canyons in the world.. At the time of completion, the 188 meter high dam is said to be Africa's largest arch dam. The dam consists of four turbines, generating 300 MW of electricity together. The dam helped to reduce power shortages as Ethiopia's power demand continues to increase.

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