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Realization of GERD Provides Good Opportunities for Downstream Countries: Grand Dam Negotiator

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Addis Ababa, July 17/2021(ENA) Realization of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is sweet information for the downstream international locations, Egypt and Sudan in minimizing the adverse impacts of the Nile, in keeping with a member of the GERD negotiating group.

The development of GERD has now reached greater than 80 % and the second filling of the dam is predicted to be accomplished this wet season.

In an unique interview with ENA, Senior water skilled and member of the GERD negotiating group Engineer Gedion Asfaw mentioned because the Nile River is a shared useful resource, the development and realization of GERD is a landmark for Ethiopia and excellent news for the downstream international locations.  

“It’s excellent news for the downstream international locations as a result of Sudan is yearly affected by floods. Final yr, many individuals have died on account of this along with the funding lose. So, the renaissance dam is predicted to reduce such adverse influence on Sudan, ” he elaborated.

The 2 international locations clearly know the truth that there is no such thing as a vital influence on the 2 downstream nations as a result of GERD, it was indicated.

“In fact they know they’re benefiting from the dam they usually have executed detailed research on the impacts of the renaissance dam and the profit they get. The 2 international locations clearly know there is no such thing as a vital influence on the 2 downstream international locations,” he affirmed.  

The research revealed that the GERD can profit Sudan and Egypt by eradicating as much as 86 % of silt and sedimentation. It would additionally regulate the regular water circulate all year long and it’ll keep away from un-expected flooding to downstream international locations.

“Nile is a shared useful resource that every one riparian international locations have the correct to make the most of in an equitable and affordable method with out inflicting vital hurt,” Gedion underscored.  

Relating to the second spherical filling of the dam, the skilled mentioned it’s a landmark occasion for Ethiopia to generate energy and alleviate the power poverty which exists within the nation.

The primary yr impoundment was 4.9 billion cubic meters whereas the second spherical filling is predicted to be 13.5 billion cubic meters. The whole storage most likely by the tip of August can be 18.4 billion cubic meters.  

This can be a very vital step for Ethiopia as it’s going to allow the nation start  the 2 early technology items to generate energy in most likely August or September, 2021 as a result of there can be adequate water within the dam, the water skilled acknowledged.  

He added “by that point additionally we will check the remainder of the 11 generators as there can be adequate top within the dam to do testing of the remainder of the generators”.  

Citing the importance of the filling of the dam, he added “that is actually a landmark occasion for Ethiopia as a result of what we want from this dam will not be solely the filling, but in addition the last word goal is to generate energy in order to assist alleviate the power poverty which exists in Ethiopia”.

Greater than 60 % of Ethiopians stay with out electrical energy which additionally impacts primary companies within the nation.

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