ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Wednesday that Ethiopia will start filling the reservoir of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in July.
The East African is marking the nine years anniversary of the commencement of the dam’s construction on We dnesday.
“We will start filling the dam in the next rainy season,” he says in a written message to the Ethiopian people. Ethiopia’s longest rainy season begins in July.
The construction of the mega-dam, which will be Africa’s largest and produce 6.4 Giga Watts of power, is now 72.4% complete.
Officials say the power from the dam is crucially needed to help to pull many of its 100 million people out of poverty.
By financing the project with their own resources, the people of Ethiopia have shown their capability to the world, Prime Minister Abiy said.
Ethiopians give special place for the project because it is a symbol of sovereignty and unity, he added.
The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) started in April 2, 2011, after the 4.7 billion U.S. dollars engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to Salini Costruttori.