‘No Nile, no Egypt’, Cairo warns over Ethiopia dam
Egypt’s foreign minister, vowing not to give up “a single drop of water from the Nile”, said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo’s objections.
Egypt’s PM says Ethiopian Nile dam “act of defiance,” vows Egypt will not cede a drop of water
Egypt is facing the prospect of a worsening water shortage when the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed.
Experts estimate that Egypt could lose as much as 20 percent of its Nile water in the three to five years needed for Ethiopia to fill a massive planned reservoir.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam, is an under construction gravity dam on the Blue Nile River about 40 km (25 mi) east of Sudan in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region ofEthiopia. At 6,000 MW, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, as well as the 13th or 14th largest in the world sharing the spot with Krasnoyarskaya. The reservoir at 63 billion cubic meters will be one of the continent’s largest. The potential impacts of the dam have been the source of regional controversy. The Government of Egypt, a country who relies heavily on the waters of the Nile, protests the dam and its political leaders have discussed methods to sabotage it