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Ethiopian Dam could start generating power as early as next year

Two turbines to generate power from Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam starting next year.

Ethiopian Dam _ power generation
Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, (MWIE)

borkena
July 22, 2020

Ethiopian government disclosed on Tuesday that the first phase filling the dam has been successfully completed following two weeks of heavy rain in the country.

The amount of water retained in the reservoir, which is 4.9 billion cubic meters, is capable of generating electric power as early as next year. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Sahlework Zewde and Gedu Andargachew conveyed a message congratulating Ethiopians for the milestone achievement while pointing out the remaining works to complete the dam.

Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele said on Wednesday that the current water level could run two turbines starting next year, as reported by state media – Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).

The first phase of filling the dam was completed on July 22 around 10 p.m. local time, according to the Minister.  That was achieved without interrupting the flow of water to downstream countries, he added.

Project completion is now over 73 percent and the height has reached 560 meters.

The Minister also said that the construction will continue as the dam generates electricity with the two turbines.

During the second phase of filling, Ethiopia aims to retain 13.5 billion cubic meters of water. The total water holding capacity of the dam is 74 billion cubic meters of water.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan have agreed to continue negotiation on the filling of the dam. It was in the African Union-led negotiation on Tuesday chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa that the three parties agreed to continue the negotiation.  

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I told you if you are itching to start a fight with this patriot you are picking a fight with a wrong dude, man!!! This river travels more than a thousand miles to reach Egypt. It is used there to generate electricity, fill up extensive irrigation systems, used to shoot through fountain spigots just for entertainment(ornament) and also feed ‘world class’ resorts and get wasted like there is no tomorrow. And what have those black folks whose backyard the river originates been told since 1929? They have been told not to even think about touching it. They were told not even use a single cup of potable water from it to quench your searing thirst. That ain’t right!!! The heck with those blubber mouths!!! Full steam ahead!!! Therefore, by the power vested in me I hereby declare that for all 3-way dialogue henceforth should also include Mother Nature. Mother Nature MUST be invited to the discussion table too. Please note that I did not use the term ‘negotiation’ here because you don’t negotiate for something that does not belong to you. Kapish!!!!! Capisce, that is!!!!

  2. I second the Prime Minister in congratulating the glorious people of Ethiopia. It is long time coming. For too long you have been denied to reap the benefits of your own river. No human being gave you the river but Allah!!! There were Almighty reasons why The Good Lord let the river originate just outside your front door: So you can harness it to fit your needs for survival. It is about time you finally found your mojo and there it is right on your dinner table like your legendary bread ready to slice!!!! In doing so make sure to give all those who played valuable roles in paving the way leading to this great day due credits including the late Emperor Haile who did the first doable and extensive survey and those patriotic engineers who pestered and egged the late Prime Minister to start the construction. What can I say about those two fire spitting patriots? Obbo Seleshi and Obbo Gedu. All these countrymen once again make me feel proud to call myself an unrepentant Ethiopian-American!!! Savor the moment my dear countrymen/women.

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