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Ethiopia says the second filling of the giant dam on the Blue Nile has been completed

File Photo: Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam can be seen on September 26, 2019, under construction on the Nile River in Guba Walleda, Benishangur Gums region, Ethiopia. REUTERS / Tiksa Negeri / File Photo

July 19, 2021

By Dawit Endeshaw

Addis Ababa (Reuters)-Ethiopia has filled the reservoir of a huge dam on the Blue Nile River for two years, and the plant could start generating electricity in the coming months, the minister said Monday. Egypt and Sudan.

Addis Ababa states that the $ 4 billion hydropower project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is essential to its economic development and power supply.

However, it also raised water shortages and safety concerns in Egypt and Sudan, which depend on the waters of the Nile.

“The second filling of the Renaissance Dam has been completed and the water is overflowing,” Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Celesi Bekele said in a tweet on Monday.

“The next milestone in GERD construction is to achieve the early generation in the next few months,” he said.

Sudan’s Ministry of Irrigation said in a statement that it rejected “one-sided measures from neighboring Ethiopia and policies that ignore the legitimate interests and serious concerns of its river partners and impose observance of faith.” It was.

Khartoum called on Addis Ababa to “continue negotiations and reach a binding and comprehensive legal agreement that protects the interests of all parties.”

Egypt said it refused to move after receiving official notice from Ethiopia last month that it had begun filling its reservoir for the second time.

Egypt sees it as a serious threat to the water supply of the Nile, which it depends almost entirely on. Sudan has also expressed concern about the safety of dams and the impact on power generation from their own dams and water stations.

Long-term diplomatic efforts to resolve trilateral disputes have been largely unsuccessful.

The United States also said that Ethiopian landfills of dams could increase tensions and urged all parties to refrain from unilateral action.

(Report by Dawit Endeshaw, Additional Report by Ali Mirghani and Omar Fahmy, Written by Katharine Houreld and Elias Biryabarema, Edited by Angus MacSwan and Alex Richardson)



Ethiopia says the second filling of the giant dam on the Blue Nile has been completed

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