Ethiopia's GERD First Filling Complete

gerd-first-fillingEthiopia has already completed the first round of filling of the reservoir of its megaproject, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia declared.

"Current rainfall and runoff situation in the region have made it conducive to fill the dam," the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement. Consequently, over the past two weeks, the first filling of the GERD "is achieved and the dame under construction is already overtopping."

In the statement, PM Abiy Ahmed commended the African Union led process for supporting Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt "address differences and arrive at agreements."

PM Abiy reaffirmed Ethiopia is "committed to a balanced and win-win negotiation that ascertains the Abbay River [Nile] will benefit all the three countries."

Once completed, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be one of the largest hydroelectric power dams in the world, with a generation capacity of 6,450 megawatts per year.

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Source: Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia (Twitter)

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