February 2021

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Africa’s Largest Hydropower Plant

Hosted by the Tri-City Branch

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Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Location: Webinar
Credit: 1.5 Informal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $9.52 + GST = $10.00

Non-Registrant Price: $9.52 + GST = $10.00

Student Price: $9.52 + GST = $10.00
Contact: For more information, please contact Hussien Berisso.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a hydroelectric dam currently being constructed in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border on the Abay (Blue Nile) River.

The Main Dam – 1.8 km long, 170 m high roller compacted concrete (RCC) structure, and the Saddle Dam – 5.2 km long, 50 m high concrete-faced rockfill dam (CFRD) structure – will have a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters at full supply level. Upon completion, with its installed capacity of 5,150 MW, the GERD will become Africa’s largest hydro-power plant with potential to supply clean electricity to over 60 million Ethiopians.


  • 5:00 PM–5:05 PM: Introduction
  • 5:05 PM–6:05 PM: Presentation
  • 6:05 PM–6:30 PM: Q&A


Dr. Fisaha Unduche, P.Eng.

Acting, Executive Director of Hydrologic Forecasting and Water Management, Government of Manitoba

Dr. Fisaha Unduche, P.Eng., is the Acting Executive Director of Hydrologic Forecasting and Water Management in the Government of Manitoba. Dr. Unduche has been with the province of Manitoba for over 11 years and has had multiple positions during this period. Dr. Unduche is a registered professional engineer in the province of Manitoba.

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