GERD construction reaches 72 percent
Following the recent stalemates in the negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after Washington ordered Ethiopia not to pursue the storage and filling of the GERD; Ethiopia has been reacting to the US’s conclusions calling it “biased and one sided.”
In an exclusive interview with The Reporter, Sileshi Bekele (PhD), Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy blamed the US government, the self-turned negotiator represented through the State Department of Treasury, for its unfaithfulness in the last legs of the GERD negotiations.
According to the Minister, despite Ethiopia’s disinterest to request the involvement of a third party in the process, the US via Egypt’s demand, assumed a mediator’s role. Ethiopia stressed the involvement of the US should be limited to a facilitator and an observer’s role, and then agreed to convene in the US brokered talks; which Sileshi recalls as working against the 2015 Declaration of Principles (DoP), Article 10, which Ethiopia had signed together with Sudan and Egypt. Only the three countries have to agree to seek the involvement of a third party when negotiations fail to produce any fruitful outcomes.
Djibouti, Somalia don’t support Arab league resolution. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said this week that the US was obviously biased in the dam negotiations it facilitated and observed with Sudan and Egypt, last month, as it was clearly manifested in the statement the Treasury Department issued on February 28, 2020.
In an exclusive interview with The Reporter, Gedu condemned the statement by the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin regarding the negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) saying that it presented a demand even the Egyptians did not dare make. Gedu asserted that the statement by the US Treasury was “unjust and stood in contradiction with Ethiopia’s national interest.”
While recognizing that the involvement of the US and the World Bank (WB) in the negotiations process has helped the negotiators narrow down their differences on certain issues, Gedu argued that the statement, released by secretary Mnuchin, was in no way acceptable to Ethiopia. “Ethiopia protested when the US went against its self-prescribed role of an “observer” in the negotiations to preparing a draft text of the agreement,” he disclosed adding that “we had many issues that we needed to negotiate on and reach an agreement. The negotiation was still not concluded when they said we have to sign their draft document.”
254 ሜጋ ዋት ኃይል የማመንጨት አቅም ያለው የገናሌ ዳዋ III የውሃ ኃይል ማመንጫ ጥር 26 ቀን 2012 ዓ.ም ሀይል ማመንጨት እንደሚጀምር የኢትዮጵያ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል። የገናሌ ዳዋ III የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ማመንጫ ግድብ 2 ነጥብ 57 ቢሊየን ሜትር ኪዩብ ውሃ የመያዝ አቅም አለው። ለግንባታው 451 ሚሊየን ዶላር ወጪ የተደረገ ሲሆን፥ 60 በመቶው ከቻይናው ኤክዚም ባንክ በብድር እንዲሁም ቀሪው 40 በመቶው ደግሞ በመንግስት ወጪ የተሸፈነ ነው።
Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporate SC
Amid a bitter standoff with Egypt over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopia is considering cutting the installed capacity of the Dam by 1,300MW. The Dam that has been under construction since 2011 was planned to have an installed capacity of 6,450MW of power. However, the project office of the Dam proposes to slash the installed capacity to 5,150MW, decreasing the number of turbines to be installed for power generation. The project office has already forwarded the proposal to Ethiopian Electric Power and is waiting for approval.
Initially, the Dam was planned to have 16 turbine units, but the office has proposed slashing three units in a bid to reduce the unit cost of the Dam, according to Kifle Horo, chief engineer of the Dam.“Installing the turbines will only raise the overall cost of the Dam while having no significant effect on the capacity factor," Kifle told Fortune. The capacity factor is the unitless ratio of actual electrical energy output over a given period compared to the maximum possible electrical energy output over the given period. Upon completion, the Dam will generate 15,760GWh of energy a year on average.