Etiopía termina de llenar el embalse de su controversial presa en el Nilo Nile dam
September 13, 2023 - Egipto ha expresado su enojo luego que Etiopía anunció que ha llenado el embalse de una controversial presa hidroeléctrica en el río Nilo Azul.
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.