Ethiopia to build what could become the largest ever hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile River

Tigrai Onlinec
Dec. 30 2009

Power LineThe Ethiopian government is to build what could become the largest ever hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile River off Bure town on the road to Nekemt at Bako-Ambo area in the Oromia Regional State, close to the border with Amhara.

The dam, which is expected to serve the three basin countries, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, was proposed by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). The construction of the dam will be financed by the World Bank based on a prior agreement of the three countries. But the three countries are yet to agree on the details of how the dam will be put to use.

The dam was proposed by NBI, based on a preliminary visibility study conducted by the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office based in Addis Abeba. It is the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) of Ethiopia who will invite tenders for the feasibility study and design of the dam, whereas the construction will be undertaken by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo).

"The project, after completion, will have the capacity to generate 2,100MW power," Asfaw Dingamo, minister of Water Resources, told Fortune. "Because the resource is ours, we will generate and sell power to Sudan and Egypt."

The feasibility and design consultancy will be financed by a grant of 414.2 million Br from Norwegian government, which has been given for this and other projects.

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