News of Africa Ethiopia began second phase of filling giant dam in...

Ethiopia began second phase of filling giant dam in early May, Sudan says

-

Ethiopia began the second phase of filling the reservoir behind its giant Grand Renaissance Dam in early May, a senior Sudanese official said on Tuesday, a process expected to accelerate in July and August after seasonal rains.

Ethiopian authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Further construction work on the dam had already allowed for the second phase to start, the official at Sudan’s irrigation ministry told Reuters. Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam, which is still under construction on the Blue Nile close to the border with Sudan, last year.

The move alarmed downstream countries Sudan and Egypt, which were seeking a legally binding agreement on the dam’s operation and have stepped up their efforts to secure one ahead of the second phase of filling.

Talks aimed at reaching a deal have repeatedly stalled.

Ethiopia says the hydropower dam is crucial to its economic development, and that it is asserting its rights over Nile waters long controlled by downstream countries under colonial-era agreements.

Widely arid Egypt relies on the Nile for as much as 90% of its fresh water and sees the dam as a potentially existential threat. Sudan is concerned about the operation of its own Nile dams and water stations.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Reuters
+ posts

Latest news

Clan Fedralism and the foreign destrucrtion of Somali unity and Soverngity By Dr. Bischara Ali EGAL, December 02, 2019

People also ask Is federal system suitable for Somalia? Since 2004, the country has moved toward a federal system, not because...

The New White Supremacist Consensus Part Two: Shootings in Buffalo Solidify the Consensus

The latest mass shooter in Buffalo, New York was clearly a racist, and identified with Ukrainian and other neo-Nazis....

Address to the VII International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases

Corporate media and the US state depict Cuba as an isolated and friendless country. In fact, it is the...

How Global McCarthyism Shaped the World

Military coups are a CIA tool used to control the Global South and ensure U.S. hegemony in many parts of...

The War in Ukraine. Scott Ritter’s Switcheroo: “Why I Radically Changed My Overall Assessment”

All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you