When people think about large water projects, Africa rarely comes first. However, some of the world's biggest dams are found in this great continent. They are primarily built for economic value, like generating hydroelectric power to the respective nations.
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance
This will be the largest dam in Africa at 1,800 metres long, 155 metres high and with a total volume of 74,000 million cubic metres. It was previously known as the Millennium Dam, located near the border with Sudan on the blue Nile. ￼Construction started in 2011 and it is expected to generate 6,000 megawatts annually.
The Aswan High Dam in Egypt
This is one of the largest African dams and took 11 years to build at a cost of about $1 billion. Some 57 million cubic yards of Earth and rock were used to build it.
It is the largest dam in Mozambique, with capacity of 2,075 megawatts.
Kariba Dam In Zimbabwe
The dam has a large water storage capacity, located at the former Kariba Gorge, it creates Lake Kariba, with a storage capacity of 185 billion cubic metres.
The Gibe Dam in Ethiopia
It is located 350 kilometers Southwest of the capital Addis Ababa. It produces 1,870 megawatts, with a height of 243 metres. Construction begun in 2007 and was completed in 2016.￼
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