Thursday, February 5, 2015

- Call for Cooperation and Exchange of Information about Renaissance DamSudan Vision Daily - Details

Khartoum - Sudan and Egypt have been reassured that the area of around the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is free of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Khartoum, Abadi Zemo said the people of the area will benefit from the establishment of the dam to generate electricity and will thus lead to industrial and agricultural development.

The ambassador said that it is natural that there is a divergence of views on the organisation of work in the partnership process of the information about the millennium dam.

He pointed out that the objective of the dam is to achieve a decent life for the citizens of Ethiopia, as a number of his country's population depend on agriculture and that the development allows them opportunities for cooperation with neighboring countries.

Zemo added that Ethiopia is collaborating to take advantage of the dam and which is reflected in the extension of the electricity supply lines to Kenya, adding that Sudan will benefit from this resource.

For his part, water resources adviser at the Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity, Osman Al-Tom said that Sudan and Ethiopia are linked by joint projects, including the Renaissance Dam, which cost US$5 billion, and generates electrical energy estimated at around 6,000 megawatts.

During the conference, "Renaissance Dam, optimum utilisation of water resources", organised by the Peace and Development Studies Centre of Khartoum North University, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum, Al-Tom said that Sudan, Egypt and other African countries could benefit from the dam in terms of electric power.

He reviewed the benefits of the dam in the provision and storage of water during periods of flooding and drought, while reducing the amount of silt in the Roseiris Dam.

Al-Tom called for cooperation, planning, coordination, and exchange of information regarding the operation and filling of the dam and the importance of clarifying the economic and social impacts on the three countries, Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

For his part, Dr. Elias Lewi, from Addis Ababa University, said that work on the dam is going well and that its building is designed according to international standards, announcing that electric power transmission lines were completed.

He pointed out that the dam reduces silting in the Sudanese dams and contributes to reduce evaporation, besides water storage.

Lewi said that the dam enables Sudan to generate green energy, increase fisheries, provides clean energy and promote regional economic integration.

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