|Official name||Tekeze Dam|
|Location||Tigray, Northern Ethiopia|
|Opening date||February 2009|
|Construction cost||$360 million|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Arch dam|
|Length||2,329 ft (710 m)|
|Height||607 ft (185 m)|
|Total capacity||9.0 km3 (7,296,419 acre·ft)|
|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 is said to be Africa's largest arch dam. The dam consists of four turbines, generating 300 MW of electricity together. The dam helped to reduce power shortages as Ethiopia's power demand continues to increase.
The Tekeze hydroelectric in Ethiopia was first proposed seven years ago and was scheduled to be competed in 2008, the end cost of the dam was $360 million which was $136 million over budget.
The Tekeze Hydro Electric project aims to construct the Highest double curve arch dam in Africa, topping the current highest, Lesotho. The contractors behind the project are CWGS and completion is scheduled to occur in 2009.
- "Hydro power in Ethiopia - the staged construction of Tekeze Arch Dam". waterpowermagazine. Retrieved 2011-04-27.