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Ethiopia completed second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Major milestone reached in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project as Ethiopia completed second filling 

The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam after the second phase of filling (Photo : EBC)

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Ethiopia has completed the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) despite unprecedented pressure, including from the European Union and the United States, to sign a binding agreement before the filling. 

The filling was completed faster than it was anticipated due to the high volume of rain that Ethiopia received during the Ethiopian summer seasons. 

It was earlier today that water from Abay river (Nile river) completely filled the reservoir and reached overtopping water level, as disclosed by Mr. Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy. 

He tweeted : 

“Today, 19th July, 2021, the GERD reservoir reached overtopping water level. Currently,  the incoming flow passes through both bottom outlets and overtopping. This year we are also experiencing extreme rainfall in the Abbay Basin(Blue Nile Basin). As a result, the GERD reservoir has filled rapidly. GERD is an Ethiopian hydropower dam and guardian infrastructure asset for the downstream countries against climate change. It is also a means to develop further and prosper together, it can never be a treat.”

During the second phase of the filling, Ethiopia retained over 13.9 cubic meters of water. In the first phase of the filling, which happened in July 2020, 4.5 billion cubic meters of water was retained in the reservoir. It means that Ethiopia has so far about 18 billion cubic meters of water, which is not even half of the amount of water the downstream  countries get per year. Over 85 percent of the Nile water originates from the Ethiopian Highlands. 

Sudan’s Roseires Dam Director, Hamid Mohammed Ali, said the second filling of the Ethiopian Dam has not impacted the amount of water flowing to the downstream countries, as reported by EBC. 

However, Sudan issued a statement hours after the Ethiopian government announced completion of the second filling rejecting a unilateral filing, as reported by Aljazeera. 

Egypt and Sudan have been mobilizing regional and international support to pressure Ethiopia into signing what they call “binding agreement” before the second filling. The last effort was last week, when they, with political support from Arab League states, tabled  Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam for discussion at the United Nations Security Council. 

It was also an effort to take the negotiation over GERD out of the African Union. Ethiopia opposed it, saying that GERD does not constitute a security issue as it is purely a development project. 

The United Nations Security Council decided that the African Union continue with the negotiation of the GERD project between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. But no date is yet fixed as to when the next round of talks will be between the three countries. 

According to the latest information from Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, 80 percent of the project is completed. This mega project is entirely funded from domestic sources. So far, Ethiopians have contributed nearly 16 billion Ethiopian birr.

Yacob Arsano is a political science professor  at Addis Ababa University and has been closely working with the GERD team. Asked as to what the completion of the second filling means to Ethiopians, he said, “the second filling signifies hope of development and prosperity for Ethiopians.” 

More than 65 percent of the Ethiopian population does not have access to electricity. The GERD project is seen as one that addresses the problem. 

Speaking from the project site on Monday, Mr. Seleshi said that two turbines will start generating hydroelectric power within two months. 
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Second Filling

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Yes sir!!! All I can say is yes sir!!!! And Obbo Sileshi didn’t even have to scoop up a single teaspoon of water from the river to do that. My Sweetheart Mother Nature’d done it all. I love you mama!!! It has been pouring rain in buckets right over Lake Tana for days and right now, as we speak, it is doing the same right on top of the dam. If I were Shoukry and his so-called experts in hydrology I would not say a word about the dam for the next ten years and let people think I have turned into a jackass! Hee haw! Hee haw!!! Ok bigots at college campuses here among us!!! Ok halawa drunk superpower wannabes in Al-Qahirah!!! This is for you! Nanananana nah!!!!! Look at the moon and eat your crow!!!!

  2. FREE TADIOS TANTU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS MR. TADIOS TANTU????????????????

    It is a great day for Ethiopia!! In the midst of this happy day happiness should not be used as a cloud to do harms on other place and people. What is going on to Black Lion employees, when many are forced to leave their job? When medical staff are much needed why are they let go and who is going to take their job and why? Employment in Addis Ababa is filled 80% by Oromo ethic groups and why are Addis Ababans are marginalized?
    Adanech Abebie and the administration must be careful not to repeat Woyane’s reason for falling from grace and power. Ethnocentric policy because that will never bring stability and security!!! It is an open secret to every Addis Ababans that the city is experiencing exodus of Oromo and replacing 80% of Addis Ababan employees in every department and housings.

    Ethiopians have learned and earned Doctorate Degree in spotting evil, sneaky and greedy ethnocentric behavior from Woyane. Just by looking at Airport employees it easy to learn how Woyane history is repeated by greedy ethnocentric Oromos.
    As the Addis Ababa is everyone’s then keep job opportuities to everyone fairly and equally.

  3. Thank you GOD, Thank you GOD, Thank you GOD!
    Congratulations all ETHIOPIANS, my fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, congratulations ETHIOPIA.
    ETHIOPIA forever, ETHIOPIANS forever.

    ኢትዮጵያ: ታበፅሕ: ዕደዊሃ: ሐበ: እግዚአብሔር::

  4. I demand the following phrase from Obbo Sileshi bin Bekele’s recent speech at the UN etched on one of the stones phasing west in big upper case letter!

    WE ARE BUILDING A RESERVOIR TO STORE WATER THAT WILL GENERATE ELECTRICITY BY HITTING TURBINES!!!!

    You can see here that I did not say ‘facing’ anyone and all I said was ‘facing west’. Don’t put words in my typing fingers. Nice try!!!

  5. How about this one from his other speech at the UNSC?
    “Unlike Egypt and Sudan, Ethiopia has no considerable ground-water reserve. We also don’t have seawater to desalinate. Nearly 70 percent of my country’s water is in the Nile Basin. Even if we want to, even if we try, we cannot avoid utilizing the Nile River” he stressed.
    In other words means case closed!!!!!

  6. One thing to be aware is that after the demise of Tplf, be ware, mpre Arabs inbthe name of ethiopias growth in economy could turn ethiopia islamic state. The world thinks ethiopiais backward because of her faith, independence and follow her own path. In other words, ethiopia has to build sky scraper, let in lots of foreigners for in the name of onvestment and tourism, etc. When this happens consider tge lossof who you are and the privilege of foreigners over the natives. Kenyas, tanzanias true face is changing these coubtries and more and more becoming islamic. Thesame fate will continue. While it is great to get rid of tplf, what tge decision of aby afministration for tge next 5 years will be seen. Arabs, west want to open the country for “investment”, ” tourism”. I would like to see how whether kenya, or tanzamia or any countries like that natives benefited or have they become the 3rd citizens of their countries? Go back to own Arab countries such as uae, saudi, etc. Most who do tge corporations, development, work, etc are foreigners while the natives are given the money so that they dont uprise and many have become dormant full of disease because they dont do anything. These countries also are segregated, the haves and the have nots, the workers vs the rich, the immigrant laborers vs natives, privileged foreigner cotporation vs locals struggling. I support aby government but tge next challenge is what will happen in terms for foreigners, investments for tgecoubtry. Will real prosperity be at the expense of the ethiopuan society? In order to make arab countries happy, do all ethiopian leaders gave to be Muslims? Is this yhe reason why these leaders were chosen to attract arab natilns? Attract to arab nations for what? Do we have to have sky scrapers? Do we have to lose our souls so that arabs invest in our coubtry? So hoing back to kenya, tanzania, even arab nations themselves, with such greed of investment and tourism, tge rich corporation rely on the leaders to have leverafe in the country so tgat there is symbiotic relations at the expense of tge people. So, while we wirk in true development, democracy, it doesbt mean we have to lose who we are priority should be the citizens. We have to be wary of also, the control of arabs and non tolerant islam against coexisting ethiopians. As time hoes by, this will change favoring muslim as arabs invest more in the country. Is it counsidence tgen key place in leadership in ethiopia why Tplf sected muslim only leaders? While we should make our diplomacy strong towards all countries including arab countries, there might be attempt to change ethiopias siciety in tge name of economic hrowth and investment. Every adpect of growth must be all ethiOP ians involved tobhrow their country but it should not be as out of control as arab nations. Tgey want food production then ethiopians must be involved and ecport to them. It should not be madyer- servant type of investment. My fear is l hope whatever Aby afmdministeations agreements from some muslim nations such as uae, qatar or turkey. It should not be something that privileges foreigners over ethippians or one faith groups over others or one ethnic over others. For 30 years those ethiopians who migeated to arab countries, have converted to islam. Tplf leaderships had put nationalism all time low and for these ethiopians tobe arab is advancement than to be african ethiopian. The arabs, especially, egypt had trained these ethiopians against their ow countries, especially those who were born and eaised there. Recently Saudi shipped these ethiopiansback to tfe coubtry. What is the agenda? Eventually, these ethiopians will create secret networks organization within ethiopia that will have contacts with saudi arabia that will change the face of ethiopuans even post tplf. Mark my word. Islamizing ethiopia will continue sooner or later.tplf was a tool and eventually prosperity party will be a tool as well. For example, there us a land allicated in lagahar location fir arab investers. Tge hisyorical lafagaris demolished, whynot empty barren land any where in ethiopia. What is this investment they are talking about when they built sky scraper? The so called ethiopians druelling over it and tge usual excuse, it will create jobs. It is just amethod to occupy land, period. The same thing happened when Alamoudin came where the same so called pro ethiopiabs were fighting over him for his money and to get benefit from him shaneful during tplf. Aby admin must put ethiopians to work and should mot alliw ethiopians to see the hands of arabs to look for jand out. All tge wealth ethiopians worked hard for in saudi was syolen by arab thieves is prove enough, they do not want to see prosper ethiopua but slace ethiopuans.

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