Ethiopia to defy Egypt and build huge dam on Nile river

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By Barry Malone

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia on Wednesday said it planned to build a huge dam on the Nile despite a long-running row with Egypt over use of the river and concern the dispute may spark a war.

The nine countries through which the river passes have for more than a decade been locked in often bitter talks to renegotiate colonial-era treaties that gave Egypt and Sudan the lion’s share of the river’s waters.

However, six of the nine upstream countries — Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi — have signed a new deal stripping Egypt of its veto and agreeing to renegotiate how much water each country is entitled to.

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“The Great Nile dam construction is scheduled to commence presently near the Ethio-Sudan border,” Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu told a news conference. “From this dam alone, Ethiopia expects to generate 5,250MW.”

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Egypt's Aswan dam on Nile river

 

The Horn of Africa nation aims to produce 15,000 megawatts (MW) of power within 10 years, part of a plan to spend $12 billion over 25 years to improve the country’s power-generating capability.

Alemayehu said Ethiopia would be forced to finance the $4.78 billion dam from its own coffers and from the sale of government bonds because Egypt was pressuring donor countries and international lenders not to fund its dam projects.

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POINT OF NO RETURN

“Those bent on deterring the development of the Nile have not yet changed their obstructionist ways. Alas, Ethiopia’s resolve has now reached a point of no return,” Alemayehu said.

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3 Comments

  1. .like the visual description,… mene teferto, sayebala ayetader aydel yamibale … hope for z best always of course….. Politics is really getting nasty globally these days, and agree with 4 egypt alone 4 sure what u said i guess is one means of…. 🙂

  2. አዲሱን ግድብ በተመለከተ

    ለምን በሱዳን ድንበር ቅርበት ለመገንባት አስፈለገ?
    ለምን ቢሉ? ከሱዳን ጋር የድንበር መካለሉ በወጉ ሳይቋጭ::
    እንደ ኢትዮ-ኤርትራው አይነት ጦርነት ቢነሳስ?
    5 ቢሊዮን ዶላር አውጥተን በጠላት ጦር ቢወድምስ?
    ይህ ኢንቨስትመንት ነው ወይንስ ባገር ሀብት መቀለድ?
    ጎበዝ ምን ይሻላል?
    እንምከር ተማከሩ

    ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር!!!!!!!!!

  3. off-course the millennium dam on Nile river needs huge some of money but we Ethiopians by coming together & contribute our money, knowledge, & labor we will make it successful the dame construction.

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