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Ethiopian dam to generate electricity by 2015: Addis Ababa

Ethiopia's planned $4.2 billion dam is expected to be the largest hydroelectric project in the continent, a source of concern to Egypt that fears an impact on its water supply

Ahram Online, Saturday 22 Mar 2014
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Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement Saturday announcing that the country's Grand Renaissance Dam will start to generate electricity within 18 months.

The planned $4.2 billion dam is expected to be the largest hydroelectric dam in the continent, with sixteen turbines, two of which would generate 375mw of power each.

The dam has been a source of concern to Egypt as it worries its share of Nile waters would be negatively impacted. Both Egypt and Ethiopia have engaged in negotiations on the dam to no avail, with Ethiopia insisting the dam won't affect Egypt's water supply and Egypt arguing that not enough research has been conducted on the possible impact of the dam.

The ministry's statement, quoting a statement by Grand Renaissance Dam Deputy General Director Zadig Abraha, said that over the past three years the sale of bonds to domestic investors had provided $367 million towards the construction of the dam.

Ethiopia has set its eyes on electricity exportation as a new source of revenue and, according to Abraha, to reduce its trade deficit. Other electricity-generating projects are being constructed, such as the Adama wind farm and the Gibe III hydroelectric dam.

According to Abraha, once the hydropower projects start operating, Ethiopia could earn up to $2 billion a year from the export of power.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible impact of the dam and to try to generate consensus on the project.

In recent meetings in Khartoum, the tripartite committee was scheduled to draft a document that entails "confidence building measures" between the countries, and also to form a special international conflict resolution committee.

However, the tripartite committee's efforts were thwarted in December when Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced his support for the Renaissance Dam during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Ben.
24-03-2014 06:02pm
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Old saying
There an old saying 'If you can not beat them, join them' so goes the saying for the Egyptian brothers 'Since you can not stop Ethiopians from building the DAM, how about joining them?'
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dawit
24-03-2014 12:03pm
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punishment is necessary
ethiopia must need to lift up the Egypt name, from electric buyer country list. After such a unfriendly manner its not fair to give them our chip electricity, they have to be punish for their selfish and arrogance manner!
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Queen of Saba
22-03-2014 05:06pm
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VIVA ETHIOPIA
GO go go...mama Ethiopia.proud to see you raising my blessed land.
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Arabashebari
22-03-2014 02:22pm
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Paying for past sins
The nightmare scenario for Egypt: North Sudan will fully cooperate with Ethiopia because it is in its economic interest for the simple reason that " there is no such thing as permanent friend or permanent enemy, there is only permanent interests". Ethiopia has pretty much neutralized Sudan. The Americans (with their sense of decency and fairness) are more likely to side with Ethiopia and the rest of the sub-Saharan Africans. President Obama has got another 3 years to go and the GERD will be completed/or 80 to 90% complete before the end of his term. The US Administration after Obama is more than likely to support the now highly strategic ally Ethiopia. And thanks to shale oil discovery, with respect to energy security, the middle East has no longer the oil card to play. The Russians would side with their orthodox brothers in Ethiopia. The growing influence of Ethiopia in African affairs is more likely to be attractive to them given the potential economic powers of the new emerging sub
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muhammad
22-03-2014 02:13pm
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Good news for regional integration
This is heralding the beginning of the regional economic integration benefiting the peoples of eastern and north eastern Africa. Allahukber!!! Muhammad
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WIN_WIN
22-03-2014 12:43pm
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EGYPT CAN BUY CHEAP ELECTRICITY
"Ethiopia is the source of about 86% of the Nile water, while the Sudan and Egypt have, according the Nile Water Agreement 1959, taken control of all the Nile, leaving not a single drop to the other nine Nile Basin member states. According to the international law and to the logic and justice, Ethiopia has got rights in the Nile water. The main theory on which the international law is based is the theory of the fair, reasonable and equal benefits by all states of the Nile Basin. This theory is the basis of the United Nations treaty on utilization of the international water-courses for non-navigation purposes." Dr Salman A. M. Salman (Dr. Salman M. A. Salman is a Fellow, International Water Resources Association (IWRA), and academic researcher and consultant on water law and policy) Sudan has thrown it's weight in support of the GERD in December, 2013.
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Kat
22-03-2014 12:28pm
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Egypt will get Cheap Electricity too!
"According to the international law and to the logic and justice, Ethiopia has got rights in the Nile water. The main theory on which the international law is based is the theory of the fair, reasonable and equal benefits by all states of the Nile Basin. This theory is the basis of the United Nations treaty on utilization of the international water-courses for non-navigation purposes." Dr. Salman A.M Salman
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