“Egypt, Ethiopia Wrangle Over Nile Dam; Cairo Says Addis Ababa’s Hydroelectric Project Will Leave It With Too Little Water”, in Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2018. p. A7.
(Includes map of the Nile River basin and farmland.) Ethiopia’s $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam project on the Blue Nile, the main tributary to the Nile River (86%), is raising tension with Egypt, which complains it will get too little water. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will store 74 billion cubic meter in its reservoir and has a planned completion date of 2019, after a start in 2011. (The dam is 8 miles from the border with Sudan.) Ethiopia also needs electricity to fuel its economic growth; at 9% in 2017 it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Ethiopia has said it could slow the filling of the reservoir to provide more water to Egypt.
In contrast to Egypt, Sudan has no objections to the project.
International Crisis Group sees the project as determining which country will be the regional hegemon: Egypt or Ethiopia. [TXT]
Main Author: Stevis-Gridneff, Martina; Kholaif, Dahlia
Geographic: Blue Nile River Basin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nile River Basin, Sudan
Subject: Agricultural Development, Agriculture, Capital Spending, Dams, Economic Growth, Electricity, Geopolitics, Hydroelectricity, Infrastructure, National Planning, Statistics, Water Resources, Year 2019
Corporate: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, International Crisis Group
Place of Publication: USA
Document Type: Newspaper
Record Type: Abstract
Source Language: English