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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.

Egypt says it has new 'vision' for Ethiopia's dam

Published: Aug 17, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Egypt says it has new 'vision' for Ethiopia's dam
New 'vision' won't affect Egypt's share of Nile water, says country's irrigation minister, as talks are planned to take place in Sudan later this month

Egypt's Irrigation Minister Hossam El-Moghazi told privately owned Mehwar channel that Egypt has a new "vision" regarding Ethiopia's planned Grand Renaissance Dam ahead of another round of talks in the Sudanese capital.

In a phone interview, El-Moghazi said the Egyptian delegation will head to Khartoum on 24 August for two days of discussions.

"Egypt has a new vision, that will not affect Egypt's water share, and we are expecting that the other party responds to it," said El-Moghazi.

Meanwhile, the minister said that Egyptian satellite images have revealed that construction has not yet begun on the part of the dam which will reserve the Nile's water.

The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about the possible effect on Egypt's potable water supply.

Ethiopia wants Sudan to host 3-way dam talks with Egypt

Published: Jul 16, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia wants Sudan to host 3-way dam talks with Egypt

The Ethiopian government said Tuesday that it had proposed the third week of August for holding tripartite talks with Sudan and Egypt to discuss Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric Nile dam project, suggesting that the meeting be held in Sudan.

"Sudan is a suitable venue for the resumption of tripartite talks because it has hosted previous meetings successfully and has good experience," Fekahmed Negash, director-general of boundary and trans-boundary rivers at Ethiopia's Water Ministry, told Anadolu Agency.

Earlier this month, Cairo said it had offered to host tripartite talks in mid-July.

The invitation came after Egypt and Ethiopia agreed – on the sidelines of last month's African summit in Equatorial Guinea – to resume talks on the Ethiopian mega-dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its traditional share of river water.

Ethiopia, however, rebuffed the invitation.

"Ethiopia cannot agree to Cairo's proposal because the issue needs preparation," Negash said. "We sent our proposal to Egypt and Sudan yesterday; we expect a positive response from both."

Ethiopia's Nile dam project signals its intention to become an African power

Published: Jul 15, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia's Nile dam project signals its intention to become an African power

The 4x4 roars off, kicking up a cloud of dust. With one hand on the wheel, the other stifling a yawn, Semegnew Bekele could do this trip with his eyes shut. A construction engineer, he has driven down this track at every hour of the day or night over the past three years. "Ordinary people are building an extraordinary project," he says. He is referring to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam (Gerd), in the north-west corner of the country close to the border with Sudan. Four hours away from the town of Assosa more than 8,500 workers and engineers are labouring on a massive project to harness the waters of the Blue Nile.

The site is closely guarded. Only officially authorised vehicles are allowed through the three checkpoints. As the kilometres flicker by, the din of the diggers becomes more audible. Then the gigantic site itself appears, with thousands of tonnes of aggregate piled up and smooth expanses of concrete lining the bottom of the Guba valley, ringed by arid hills. The hundreds of families belonging to the Gumuz indigenous people, who lived off fishing, have been moved to a location several tens of kilometres away, making room for a hydroelectric power station that will be the largest in Africa when it comes online in 2017. At present only a third of it has been built.

Bekele, who works for the Ethiopian Electric Power corporation, has already worked on two dam construction jobs, both on the river Omo in the south-west. He answers our questions with a flood of figures: the dam will be 1,780 metres long and 145 high, with a reservoir covering 1,874 sq km expected to contain 70bn cubic metres of water. Output from the 16 turbines will total 6,000MW. It will be sufficient to meet growing demand in Ethiopia, now Africa's second most populous country, where gross domestic product is estimated to have grown by 10.5% annually over the past five years.
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