Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ethiopia increases capacity of Nile dam, causing alarm in Egypt

(Mar 01, 2017, (Mada Masr))--Ethiopian authorities announced Monday that they had increased the production capacity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile by 450 megawatts, causing some alarm downstream in Egypt.

The dam was to have the capacity to produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, and GERD authorities told the Ethiopian News Agency on Monday that the increased capacity is due to the improvement of 14 of its 16 turbines.

GERD executive committee member Debretsion Gebremichael, also Ethiopia’s minister of communication and information technology, praised this new development and the potential for greater production. Work on the dam commenced in 2011, with initial plans for it to have a capacity of 5,250 megawatts. This was upgraded in March 2012 to 6,000 megawatts.

Egyptian and Sudanese authorities involved in the initiative say they were not informed of the additional 450 megawatt capacity of the dam, according to the state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper, which added that both countries would be requesting further details in the coming days. Read more from Mada Masr »

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