Ethiopia has constantly firmly insisted that its enthusiastic energy project on the Nile will not compromise the share of water from Africa’s longest river to its instant neighbours however is the Horn of Africa country bypassing negotiations to start covertly filling the dam?
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed was just recently quoted as firmly insisting that the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will begin within the approaching rainy season, regardless of objections from Egypt and to some lower degree Sudan.
He ensured Ethiopia’s tense neighbours that filling the dam’s tank will not threaten their shares of water from Africa’s many stunning river, a procedure Cairo states can not ensure continuous access to this valuable resource from the Nile.
Despite some hard rhetoric from both sides of the Nile dam conflict divide, worldwide efforts led by the West have actually been successful in bringing the disputing countries to the negotiating table to settle their differences over how the dam would be filled.
While Egypt favours a gradualist technique to filling the dam’s reservoir Ethiopia sees this as a petulant tactic by Cairo to gain time and weaken the capability of this grand task to change the lives of over 100 million people.
Cairo recently warned that Ethiopia’s rigorous rejection to budge on the problem runs the risk of endangering the progress made in talks so far.
In June Djibouti, Somalia and Qatar dismissed an Arab League resolution needing Ethiopia to delay filling GERD until a thorough offer is reached with primary protagonist Egypt.
A big area of Egypt’s 100 million people depend on the river for their supply of water but given that 2011 when construction of GERD started on the Blue Nile, Cairo has been expressing appointments about its implications to its citizens.
Mohamed Al-Sebaei, a spokesperson of the Water Resources Ministry in Cairo has been estimated as stating there is no sign yet of Ethiopia unilaterally deciding to go ahead with filling the dam without reaching an offer to that result with Egypt and Sudan.
Negotiations over the filling of the dam suspended in recent months, resumed recently and has actually been going on since said Sabeal.
There is suspicion from some quarters in Sudan that Ethiopia has actually started covertly filling the dam without the understanding of its neighbours.
A motion calling itself the Forces of Freedom and Modification said it has evidence recommending that the controversial dam is already being filled with water from the Nile.
A senior authorities of the motion (name kept) declared that Sudan has been experiencing water lacks from the Nile.
Sudan’s Alrakoba paper stated this scenario has actually aggravated at a time of increased suspicion that Ethiopia was currently going ahead with its questionable next action in the operationalisation of the dam, which will be Africa’s greatest hydroelectric power job upon completion.
Deal with GERD is forecasted to end up in 2023, forming a critical part of Ethiopia’s re-emergence as a power exporter in the Horn of Africa area.
The 482 feet high and 1.8-kilometre long dam will have a reservoir capacity to hold 74 billion cubic metres of water.
Ethiopia is anticipating to create approximately 6,475 megawatts for its nationwide use and for export to its neighbours.