The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

GERD will Neither Harm Anyone nor Reduce Nile Basin’s Water Flow: S. Sudan

ADDIS ABABA – The ongoing Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hydroelectric project and its reservoir filling would not harm anyone or reduce the River Nile basin’s water supply, said Peter Marcello Nasir, Minister of Energy and Dam of South Sudan.

The Minister further reaffirmed his country’s support for Ethiopia’s development endeavors in building the Dam.

He made the remarks during a discussion about bilateral issues with Nebil Mehdi, Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan, in Juba, according to the embassy.

Egypt and Sudan have been opposing the construction project of the hydroelectric dam since its launch in 2011, claiming it will restrict the water flow of the River basin.

The construction is still ongoing around the River as it continued to flow through the building site.

Ethiopia respects the provisions of the declaration of principles signed by Addis Ababa, Khartoum, and Cairo in 2015, said Ambassador Nebil on his part.

The Ambassador also said his country expects to amicably solve outstanding issues of the trilateral negotiations of the GERD under the auspices of the African Union.

Officials started up the first turbine of the €3.48 billion Dam which is 84% complete.

Once fully completed, it will be the biggest hydropower dam in Africa with an installed production capacity of 5,150 MW, able to produce an average 15,700 GWh every year.

Apart from providing power to 65 million Ethiopians, who currently lack a regular electricity supply, the dam will allow the country to export clean and renewable electricity, avoiding the emissions of more than two million tons of CO2 a year.

Ethiopia currently exports electricity to Djibouti and Sudan. Its also preparing to export for other neighboring countries including Kenya and South Sudan.

The country recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Sudan to expedite electricity interconnections between the two countries.

In connection with that, the South Sudanese Minister said preparation is underway to implement the agreement – a move appreciated by the Ethiopian Ambassador Nebil.