Works On Renaissance Dam Progressing Well: Official
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The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) said works on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project are progressing well.
In an exclusive interview with FBC, Dr Abrham Belay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EEP, said the project is now 68.3 percent complete and will begin generating 750MW next year.
The construction of the two power units that were intended to generate power ahead of completion of the project has reached halfway mark, he noted.
Work on the saddle dam has now reached 96 percent and will be completed after two months, the CEO told FBC.
According to him, the dam had 16 million cubic meters of concrete poured so far and the only thing left is the finishing work.
The height of the dam on the left and the right sides has also reached 145 meters, Dr Abrham stated.
Two weeks ago, the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said that the dam on the Nile would have never been built was it not for the impact of the 2011 uprising in his county.
For Dr Abrham, Al-Sisi’s remark is usual and intended to convince the Egyptian people. The project was launched in 2010.
The President’s comment will not impact the dam. The construction of the dam is an issue of sovereignty which will not be up for negotiation, the CEO said.
Ethiopia recently rejected a proposal tabled by Egypt regarding the filling process of reservoir of the dam. The proposal contradicted the previous deal reached between the three countries, including Sudan.
According to the CEO, the construction of the GERD project will be finalized in 2023.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed said finalizing the dam according to the timeline established is his government’s key priority.
Located in Benishangul Gumuz regional state, approximately 500 km North West of the capital Addis Ababa, GERD will be the largest dam in Africa with a total installed power of 6,450 MW at the end of the works.