The Egyptian Minister of Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel-Ati, said, “The efficiency of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is only 30%, and Ethiopia has spent more than necessary.”
He explained: “The evidence is 4 turbines from the dam because they are not needed, out of 16 turbines, because they are unable to produce electricity, and Ethiopia has built 5 dams and Egypt agreed to them, and there are more than one dam that was built on the Blue Nile, and Egypt did not object.”
In his interview with Al-Watan newspaper, he added, “Filling the Renaissance Dam in the middle of last year with 5 billion cubic meters, was nothing but a media show. If it was delayed a month, it would have affected Sudan, and it was mitigating the damage that occurred, as storage has affected Sudan twice.”
Regarding the Sudanese position, he pointed out that “they have a state of concern, after what happened last year, when Ethiopia started filling the dam reservoir without notifying Sudan, which emptied its dams, and with the cessation of rain, a crisis occurred in Sudan, and drinking water was cut off from Khartoum, and many problems occurred.” And sediments in the riverbed. “
In the following month, huge torrents occurred with the flood, which caused a problem for Sudan, and if there was coordination, a crisis would occur, especially since the filling of the dam last year did not benefit Ethiopia, because it was for a political purpose and had no technical goal.
The Minister of Irrigation affirmed Egypt’s keenness to reach an agreement on the Ethiopian dam, because the conflict is not in the interest of anyone, pointing out that he feels anxious, and everyone has the right to worry, but health concerns need to work hard, and diligence is not on the part of the Ministry of Irrigation only, but the state They are all working in this file. “
He explained that “Addis Ababa is seeking to fill 13.5 billion cubic meters this year, and we are waiting for new moves, after the Congo takes over the presidency of the African Union.”
Source: Al Watan