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Ethiopia and Egypt disagree again on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Published: Dec 15, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia and Egypt disagree again on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam


Back in August 2014 Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to do more studies on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. A twelve member committee of experts will be formed selected by the three countries to conduct the study. The Tripartite National Committee has met twice so far one in Addis Ababa and the second in Cairo.

The third meeting was scheduled to take place in Khartoum the capital city of the Sudan, but it got canceled because of disagreements between Ethiopia and Egypt. "Each country was supposed to come up with its proposals that comprise technical evaluation of the firms, but during a preparatory conference in Cairo on November 4, a disagreement occurred as to the points to be included in the studies," Bizuneh Tolcha a senior official with the Ethiopian Ministry of Water said, declining to give further details.

It seems the talks hit a stumbling block and they are halted for now. There would have been another meeting held in Addis Ababa on December 16, 2014 if the one in December six was held successfully.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 42% Complete - IMAGES

Published: Dec 9, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam 42% Complete









Images: Dr.Tedros Adhanom

Engineer Simegnew Bekele, Project Manager of the GERD, told Xinhua on Saturday that the project is progressing well in all its activities.

All the activities on the project "are progressing healthily in order to realize the project.

"We are mobilizing all the people, nations and nationalities of Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian Diaspora," said Simegnew.

Ethiopia is now harnessing its potential for renewable energy to fight against poverty and improve the lives and livelihoods of its people, said Simegnew.

"This is a green energy; and this supports other renewable energy; and Ethiopia is the power hub; we have tremendous natural resources.

"So, we are now exploiting; we are now harnessing this potential to improve lives and livelihoods of individuals," he noted.

"This is our primary agenda, number one agenda for our country; this is a project which is equipping us to fight poverty, our common enemy.

"The government has devised a strategy to improve the lives and livelihoods of individuals, the citizens.

"And we have already started developing such kind of infrastructures that allow us to fight poverty," he said.

He said, "On Nov. 28, 2014 we already booked world record with a daily average of 16,949 m3 roller compacted concrete.

"At the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hydroelectric project on the Nov. 28, 2014 we have already placed 16,949 m3 of concrete, which is roller compacted concrete."

Bereket Simon, Policy Study and Research Advisor Minister to the Prime Minister, told Xinhua on Sunday that the project is progressing on the schedule.

"It is amazing; right now it has reached around 40 per cent.

"We are right on the schedule in all fronts; the clearing of the bushes, the forest has been done well; construction, filling of the Dam have been done also according to plan," Simon said.

Ethiopia celebrates Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day on December 8 annually to commemorate the Day on which the country’s constitution was adopted about 20 years ago.

This year the Day is marked under the theme, "Constitutionally Embellished Ethiopianess for our Renaissance," in Asosa, capital of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.

Representatives of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia from different parts of the country gathered in Asosa for the celebration.

Xinhua



Sudan supports Dam for economic benefit not for political reason: Ambassador

Published: Nov 24, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Economy
Sudan supports Dam for economic benefit not for political reason: Ambassador


Addis Ababa  November 24/2014 Sudan supports the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) because of the dam's economic importance to its citizens not for political reason, Sudanese Ambassador said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Abdel Rahman Sirelkhatim stated that the dam will ensure the benefits of not only Ethiopia but also for the people of Sudan.

In addition to power generation, the dam will play vital role to improve agriculture productivity, according to the Ambassador.

"We not support the dam for political reason. We support this idea because we believe that this dam will benefit Sudan together with Ethiopia and Egypt. We will benefit initially in two accesses. One of them for electrical power, secondly this will help us in agriculture projects."

He expressed satisfaction with the resumption of the trilateral talks between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the construction of the dam.

40% of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam completed

Published: Oct 3, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
40% of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam completed: Ethiopian president
Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome insists no harm will befall Egypt from Ethiopia's new hydroelectric dam
Ahram Online , Friday 3 Oct 2014

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said in an interview with UK-UAE news channel Sky News Arabia that 40 percent of his country's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project has been completed, and the first stage of the dam will be operational next year.

Teshome said that the first stage of the dam will be operational from June 2015 and will produce  700 megawatts of electricity.

Teshome insisted the dam will benefit Egypt, which is currently engaged in negotiations with Ethiopia over the construction of the dam. Tensions between the two countries came under strain last year, with Egyptian officials concerned that the project could affect Egypt’s vital Nile water supply.

The Ethiopian president told Sky News what is happening with Egypt is a misunderstanding and dismissed claims Israel is among the dam project's funders.

"Addis Ababa did not and will not cooperate with Israel," Teshome said according to Sky News, adding that the door is open for Egypt to contribute in funding the dam.

The latest round of negotiations between Ethiopia and Egypt signaled progress in reaching an agreement. Currently, an agreement has been reached between the two countries and Sudan, who hosted the last round of talks, to form an international expert committee to issue a report about the dam.

Egyptian and Sudanese ministers to visit GERD on September 22

Published: Sep 14, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Egyptian and Sudanese water ministers are scheduled to visit GERD on September 22
World Bulletin/News Desk

Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament al-Fatih Izz al-Din has left for Benishangul-Gumuz regional state to visit the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a Sudanese diplomat said on Sunday.

"Speaker al-Fatih Izz al-Din is the first foreign high official to visit the dam," the diplomat told Anadolu Agency.

He said that the visit to the dam "indicates close relation between Ethiopia and Sudan."

Egyptian and Sudanese water ministers are scheduled to visit GERD on September 22.

The Sudanese parliament speaker arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday upon an invitation from his Ethiopian counterpart Abadula Gemeda for talks aimed at strengthening ties between the two parliaments.

Ethiopia to Contract Most Expensive Dam Ever

Published: Sep 8, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia to Contract Most Expensive Dam Ever
Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) to award a contract to build a dam on Gebba River, whose cost per megawatt (mw) is twice the amount spent on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), a state monopoly tasked with the investment, expansion and operations of a generation as well as transmission of electric power, is to award a contract to build a dam on Gebba River, whose cost per megawatt (mw) is twice the amount spent on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), sources disclosed.

Although last minute negotiations were still underway at the time of going to press, a joint venture arrangement between Chinese and Ethiopian companies is to get hired to build the dam planned to generate 391mw electric power, sources disclosed to Fortune. The company, which has been unbundled recently from its predecessor, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), has selected SINO Hydro and CGCC, Chinese construction firms active in Ethiopia, to work with SUR Construction and Oromia Water Works Enterprise (OWWE), according to these sources. Nonetheless, while the involvement of the first three companies has been confirmed by officials of the company, these officials have declined from confirming the participation of OWWE in the project.
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