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Ethiopia switches on Blue Nile mega-dam

February 22, 2022 - Ethiopia has activated turbines to produce electricity from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which is set to become Africa’s largest hydroelectric project.

After turning on the turbines in the first phase of the project on Sunday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sought to assure neighbours Sudan and Egypt that his country did not wish to harm their interests.

Abiy’s government says the dam on the Blue Nile is key to Ethiopia’s economic development, but Egypt and Sudan depend on the waters of the Nile and have worried it will cause water shortages downstream, according to Reuters.

PUBLISHED: 22/02/2022; STORY: Graphic News