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In Ethiopia, the dam of discord

2022-08-18T16:43:11.482Z

DECRYPTION - Sudan and neighboring Egypt, dependent on the Nile like Ethiopia, observe the site of the great Renaissance dam, also called Gerd, with concern.



The Prime Minister himself came to announce the “

third filling

”.

"

The Nile is a gift that God gave us for the Ethiopians to use

it," Abiy Ahmed said on August 12 from the site of the Grand Renaissance Dam (Gerd).

The reservoir, filled step by step, has reached a third of its capacity with 22 billion m3 of water out of a potential of 74 billion.

Two turbines are in operation out of the thirteen programmed, producing 750 megawatts of electricity for a total planned power of 5 gigawatts.

Deadlocked negotiations

For Ethiopia, a poor country in the Horn of Africa, the Gerd, the largest dam on the continent, is a blessing that will double electricity production.

But neighboring Sudan and Egypt, also dependent on the Nile, are on the contrary watching the project with concern.

Located downstream, they fear a reduction in the flow of the river.

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Dam on the Nile: Ethiopia's flagship project worries its neighbors

Khartoum underlined "

the great risks

" that the site would run.

Cairo even described the threat

as "existential

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Source: lefigaro

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