The 1,870MW Gilgel Gibe III (Gibe III) hydroelectric power project was constructed on the Omo River in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region State (SNNPRS).
It is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Ethiopia with an estimated production capacity of 6,500GWh a year.
The project includes a 243m roller compacted concrete dam, the first of its kind in Ethiopia and one of the tallest in the world.
Gibe III was launched in July 2006, with the first unit starting its trial-running generation in September 2013. It was fully commissioned in December 2016.
State-owned public utility enterprise Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) is the developer of the project, which cost €1.47bn (approximately $1.83bn).