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September 17, 2021

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Mogadishu Journal » Ethiopia begins filling Grand Renaissance dam on Blue Nile


Move comes as latest round of talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the contentious dam ended with no agreement.

The $4.6bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) seen near Guba in Ethiopia

Ethiopia started filling Grand Renaissance, a giant hydroelectric dam it is building on the Blue Nile, its water minister said on Wednesday after talks with Sudan and Egypt over the structure became deadlocked.
Ethiopia says the colossal dam offers a critical opportunity to pull millions of its nearly 110 million citizens out of poverty. The project is the centrepiece of Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter. 
“The construction of the dam and the filling of the water go hand in hand,” Water Minister Seleshi Bekele said in comments broadcast on television. “The filling of the dam doesn’t need to wait until the completion of the dam.”
The water level increased from 525 metres (1,720 feet) to 560 metres (1,840 feet), said Bekele.
Egypt has asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on the matter, its foreign ministry said. The Blue Nile is a tributary of the Nile from which Egypt gets 90 percent of its fresh water.



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