The marathon of negotiations that is being held between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has moved closer to the finish line after the three parties – Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan – agreed a stage-based filling timetable for the dam’s reservoir and two mechanisms for handling periods of drought.
Delayed for six years, Gidabo Dam and Irrigation Project took eight years to be finalized with a total cost of 1.66 billion birr, inflated by 645 percent from its original cost, is about to be operational by the end of this month, The Reporter has learnt.
The second tripartite high-level ministerial meeting between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt was conducted in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. The meeting was concluded after the three countries agreed on major issues that were controversial since the inception of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) has inked an agreement with the Ethiopian Construction Design & Supervision Works Corporation to conduct a pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for the construction of a 150 Megawatt (MW) Wabi Hydroelectric power project in the Southern Regional State.