Ethiopia launches new Omo River hydroelectric plant

Above: Ethiopia has inaugurated a new hydroelectric plant
effectively solving its chronic shortage of electricity, but
critics fear it will affect the environment and traditional
lifestyle of the Southern Omo Tribes of Ethiopia (Photo:

Ethiopia opens its largest hydroelectric dam

Thursday, 14 January 2010
A new hydroelectric plant has been inaugurated in Ethiopia – part of a controversial project on the Omo River. Ethiopia hopes the cascade of dams will turn it from a country suffering crippling power cuts to a major electricity exporter. But critics fear there will be consequences for the environment and for people living along the river. he latest phase, Gilgel Gibe II, has the capacity to generate more than 400 megawatts of electricity. The plant gets its water through an underground channel from the first Gilgel Gibe hydroelectric project, which is fed by the Omo River. Read More.

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