Ethiopia has started generating electricity via its mega dam on the Blue Nile. On Sunday, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed officiated an event which saw one of the 13 turbines of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) begin power generation. GERD, the largest hydroelectric scheme in Africa, has been at the center of a dispute between Ethiopia and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan.
The $4.2 billion (€3.7 billion) project is expected to produce over 5000 megawatts of electricity, more than double Ethiopia’s current output.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy said last year that the GERD is important for the nation of Ethiopia and it’s neighbors because it is going to illuminate the nation of Ethiopia and the neighboring countries. He further said the GERD is going to help improve the economic status of the nation of Ethiopia