Tekezé Dam

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Tekeze Dam
Tekezé Dam is located in Ethiopia
Tekezé Dam
Location of Tekeze Dam
Official name Tekeze Dam
Country Ethiopia
Location Tigray, Northern Ethiopia
Coordinates 13°20′40″N 38°44′43″E / 13.34444°N 38.74528°E / 13.34444; 38.74528Coordinates: 13°20′40″N 38°44′43″E / 13.34444°N 38.74528°E / 13.34444; 38.74528
Status Operational
Construction began 1999
Opening date February 2009
Construction cost $360 million
Owner(s) Ethiopia
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch dam
Impounds Tekeze River
Height 607 ft (185 m)
Length 2,329 ft (710 m)
Total capacity 9.0 km3 (7,296,419 acre·ft)
Power station
Turbines 4 x 75 MW
Installed capacity 300 MW

Tekezé Dam is a 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 metres (617 ft) high dam was Africa's largest arch dam.[1] The powerhouse contains four 75 MW turbines,[1] generating 300 MW of electricity altogether. A 105 kilometres (65 mi) transmission line connects it to the national grid at Mek'ele.[1]

The Tekeze hydroelectric was competed in February 2009.[1] The final cost was $360 million which was $136 million over budget. It was Ethiopia's largest public works project.[1] The dam helped to reduce power shortages as Ethiopia's power demand increases.


The Tekeze Hydro Electric project constructed the highest double curve arch dam in Africa, topping the previous highest, the 185 metres (607 ft) Katse Dam in Lesotho.[1] The contractors behind the project were CWGS.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hydro power in Ethiopia - the staged construction of Tekeze Arch Dam". International Water Power & Dam Construction. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2014.