GERD unveiling

Ethiopia: The Nile Dam launches power generation

By Jeune Afrique

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Posted on February 23, 2022 16:36

GERD: First turbine begins to generate electricity

After more than 10 years of work and controversy with Egypt and Sudan, Ethiopia officially began generating electricity from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile on 20 February.

It is “the birth of a new era,” said Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed as he presided over the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), a controversial multi-billion dollar project. “This is good news for our continent and for the downstream countries we aspire to work with,” he tweeted.

Accompanied by many of the country’s top officials, Ahmed toured the power plant and clicked a series of switches on an electronic screen to trigger the dam’s production.

“Although this great dam was built by Ethiopians, it was done so to benefit all our African brothers and sisters,” said a senior official attending the inauguration. “This day, for which Ethiopians have sacrificed so much, hoped so much, and prayed so much, is finally here,” he added.

At the project’s launch, every civil servant was asked to contribute one month’s salary towards financing the dam. Subsequently, many

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