Ethiopia finishes filling reservoir of disputed Nile dam
September 13, 2023 - Egypt has voiced anger after Ethiopia announced it had finished filling the reservoir at a highly controversial hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile river.
Ethiopia has been in dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the megaproject since its launch in 2011. Egypt relies on the Nile for nearly all its water needs.
Egypt’s foreign ministry said Ethiopia was disregarding the interests of the downstream countries.
Ethiopia says the $4.2 billion dam will not cut their share of Nile water.
Ethiopia believes the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will double the country's electricity output, providing a vital development boost, as currently half the 127-million population lacks electricity.
The plan is to generate more than 6,000MW at the dam, which is about 30km from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan.
Egypt and Sudan argue that common rules for the operation of GERD must be agreed, fearing that energy-hungry Ethiopia may exacerbate their existing water shortages, the BBC said.