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.

“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.


“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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Seble Ge March 31, 2011 - 10:42 pm

.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…. 🙂

Aleheg Kasie April 1, 2011 - 7:47 am

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!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous April 19, 2011 - 4:20 pm

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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