Ethiopia completes third phase of filling giant Nile dam - News Summed Up

Ethiopia completes third phase of filling giant Nile dam


Ethiopia has completed the third phase of filling the reservoir for its huge dam on the Blue Nile river, the government said on Friday, a process that continues to irk the country’s downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan. Addis Ababa says the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a $4 billion hydropower project, is crucial to powering its economic development, but Egypt and Sudan consider it a serious threat to their vital water supplies. Ethiopia sees the GERD as the centre piece of its bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter, with a projected capacity of more than 6 000 megawatts. Abiy held a ceremony officially turning on the dam’s second turbine on Thursday, six months after the first came online. Photographs shared by Abiy’s office showed him standing at a podium in front of a huge plume of water being discharged from the front of the dam.


Source: Ethiopian News August 12, 2022 13:31 UTC



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