Mega Damming of the Life giving waters of Ethiopia. This process is menacing the existence of the inhabitants of the region by drying the sources and lakes. The main reason advertised for damming is for production of Electricity and exporting energy. This could be done by small human level dams.The underlying reason is to the irrigation for the great land grabbing for cash crop exportation for financial speculators. Moreover, such mega projects leads to undue water crisis.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Egypt Questions Ethiopia Over Construction of New 2000 MW Dam
The GERD, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017, would be the largest hydro-electrical plant in Africa. The dam will generate about 6,000 megawatts of electricity.
Egypt’s main concerns regarding Ethiopia’s plan to constructing a new dam seems to be rooted in the suspicion that it will feed off the Blue Nile.
Egypt, which has traditionally depended on the Nile for drinking water and agriculture, has expressed concerns regarding the construction of the GERD.
Egypt fears its historical share of fresh water from the Nile would be decreased by the GERD. Upon completion, the dam would have a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters (14.5 billion gallons of water).
Ethiopia has been working to allay the fears of Egypt and Sudan – both beneficiaries of the Nile.
Last month, the three countries hired two French consultancy firms to conduct studies on the possible impact of the GERD.
The studies being carried out by BRL and Artelia is scheduled to be c