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Ethiopia to build dam on Blue Nile near Sudan border


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

March 14, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia is set to launch construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in its Nile basin near its border with Sudan, the country’s Prime Minister has announced.

The planned power plant Ethiopia’s Benishangul state will be 40km from the Sudanese border.

"We are planning to carry out a number of important projects, including a major project on the Nile," Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi told the press.

Upon completion, the power plant will have an electric generation capacity of 6,000MW, three times more than the combined capacity of all Ethiopia’s existing dams.

Expected to take at least five years to complete, the dam is one of three the Horn of Africa nation plans to begin building before mid 2011. Three other power plants, which have been under construction in the past few years, are expected to become functional in 2011.

Last month Fortune, an Ethiopian newspaper, reported that construction on the dam on the Blue Nile has already begun. It also said that it was awarded to Italian multinational Salini Costruttori, the same Italian construction company that built the Gilgel Gibe II and Tana Beles dams.

Almost all Ethiopia’s dams lie either in the Nile River basin or on the Omo River. The Blue Nile, which begins in Ethiopia, meets the White Nile in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

Both the Blue Nile and Omo River are shared with Ethiopia’s neighbors but do not have international water sharing agreements. However, Ethiopia does participate in the Nile Basin Initiative, a forum for dialogue with the other Nile basin countries.

Sudan and Egypt are the notable absentees from the initiative. Egypt claims that a colonial era agreement giving it the lion’s share of the Nile’s water is still valid.


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  • 15 March 2011 07:13, by sunny

    Buiding a dam needs a country to be permitted by the world with the respect of the "Treaty on a Law of the Sea.

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  • 15 March 2011 09:16, by sunny

    Dear readers,

    During Garang’s death in Khartoum. Nuer took lead in the protest. A nuer young man who was a protestor was shot dead by a dinka police working for the northern government. He threatened the nuer man to put down his panga or he will shot him to death, the nuer man told him that he has no heart to throw away the panga. With this argument, he shot the nuer man to death. Why should you kill your brother while he is reacting because your leader is kill? This scenario proved dinka as most food lovers in southern sudan more than any other tribe.

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  • 15 March 2011 17:42, by Wolleyewu

    First of all the current psuedo government in Ethiopia which is based on ethinicity has no legitmecy in the eyes of every Ethiopian at home from the very beggining they grapped power but as long as they remain loyal slaves of the Americans and the west they could stay for a short while and say what ever they like till thrown away from the shoulder of the citizens by the inevitable and imminent popular uprising of the nation like the Arab world.

    For that matter they donot even have the mandate to build such a huge (impractical in their administration but to use it for political purpose)resource consuming construction and the rest fake and short lived dams like Tana beles and Gilgel Gibe II which are built by Tigrians and their mafia counter parts from Italy (Salini construction).

    All these rehitoric about construction (double digit economic development which is ridiculous)by the psuedo government in Ethiopia is a strategy to collect huge sum of money either in Aid or load in the name of poor Ethiopia and it would be diverted to their account in abroad.

    That is what TPLF (Woyane) does mean. And that is what the real picture of the Monster (prime) minister Meles zenawi look like but he would like to look as a person with substance while he is null. He is the worest and uneducted evil guy Ethiopia has ever face but claimed to have masters degree in Econonmics, just because he bought his degree from Open university in UK through distance learning. In actual terms he is a drop-out from Addis Ababa University and getting crazy with educational complexity and vanishing Ethiopian schoolars for that reason.

    That is why he is killing the current generation and dismantel the country in every aspect.

    Death for Tigre(Woyane)

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    • 16 March 2011 03:03, by punk_shabia

      What do you really hate about this article? Do you hate the project, the regime who is building the project, or the tigrian people where some of the top officials come from? You just sound as a punk shabia Eritrean, who can’t stand to hear or see anything good from Ethiopia. This despite the fact that in the long run it even might help your electricity shortage in Eritrea, as well. If you are just pissed off at the regime because they punished your shabia buddies; this is not the forum or the place to fight. If you want, you can always go for a second round to get Badme back. I mean, if you have balls instead of crying and rallying like a castrated fag everywhere Ethiopia’s name mentioned.

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    • 16 March 2011 09:09, by ahaha

      What an irrational view that I ever read. Don’t play with a fire. We, Ethiopian are not foolish to hear and stick with views with no worth. Hate…Hate…Hate… but, why? It’s clear at least for the majority and wise brothers and sisters. The hate propaganda is from Eritrean politicians, shabia peoples and their lords, Egyptian politicians. Don’t waste your time and the time of readers of Sudan tribune by propagating your evil equated views. We Ethiopian are busy to construct and build our Mama to dam poverty and not forget we are busy too in building and modernizing our efficient and strong army to protect our people and mama from the attack of any enemy. But our priority is to win the battle against poverty!!!!

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      • 16 March 2011 14:58, by Wolleyewu

        messengers, I can tell you that I am not Eriterian rather I am real Wolleye who doesn’t care about Eriteria. You are just trying to branded every concerned Ethiopian as Eriterian, as DERG MENBERS, Amhara, OLF and others while you are brothers of ERITERIANS WITH common blood ties, language, culture and other factors having non in commen with other Ethiopians.

        That is why every body in Ethiopia hate Tigrians to the extreme. Your primary goal was to form the Tigray Tigrign state together with Eriterians but your predetrmined goal turned up to boold bathing warfare in which innocent Ethiopians get slaughtered while Tigrians stay behind not to be exposed to the flame of the war. Any way you will recieve proper judgment when the time comes thier bllod is not invain.

        When I come to the notion of development, what developement are you talking about. For that matter, is there development under the psuedo-administration of woyane.

        Do you consider one songle province’Tigray’ focused development as a national development. Every body knows any type of construction is towards one small dry land Tigray. more than 70 dams are built in Tigray whuile yjre is non in Wollo for the last 20 years. Anumber of factories in Tigray while non in wollo and others. Anumbers of Air ports in Tigray while non in Wollo, and so many development endeavors.

        And now for our surprise this evil state is selling out our frtile lands for foreigners.

        So we hate you and every body hate you.

        Death for Tigray

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        • 17 March 2011 05:58, by punk_shabia

          You are not really from Wello, dumb-ass. Because if you were, you would know there are a lot of development is going on in Wello, as well. Do you know that not only one but two airports exist there, how about all kinds of large scale industries in Kombolcha which are much more than what you got in the whole of Eritrea. So please, spare us from your nonsense and tell us about your pitiful country, Eritrea, instead. You know, you should stick with the things you know better. But then again, you are only here to destabilize relations between Ethiopia and other countries, including our close and brotherly nation the Sudanese people. Fortunately, you and your likes are insignificant. You are just annoying pest. That’s all.

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          • 17 March 2011 13:46, by Wolleyewu

            Pathological lair Tigrians. Your lie is never ending. Is that woyane erecting the kombolcha textile factory? When did it established? you know you are repeting mistkaes just like your master Meles Zenawi who had said Gilgel Gibe is constructed by woyane.

            Such intentional lieing will never take you any where. Because we Wolloyewoch and the entire nation kinows there is nothing truth from Tigraye rehitoric.

            You are the most lair, stupid, arrogant, brutal, coward, inhuman and any type of pitful behavior with your personality ever wittnessed in the recent Ethiopian history.

            So donot try to take the credit of Derg for the Wolleyewoch in case of Kombolcha, Arbaminche textile factories for Gamogofa, Gilgel Gibe,koka and Melka wakena hydero electric power stations for the entire nation and so many other development projects delivered by Derg.

            You know, it is a matter of time to bring you to justice for your misguided developmental policy for the last two decades as a result of that for the misery of the nation,one man rule in Eethiopia(now a days Meles Zenawi is a rule and everything in Ethiopia while the rest Tigrians are his cadres), every domestic and international trade routes of the country which is the main sources of foreign currency for the nation is dominated by one tribe called ’dispicable Tigray ’woyane’.

            At last but not least I would like to take this opportunity to make aware of the sudanes people to stay away from Tigray who are traitors and criminal creatures on earth.

            Death to Tigray

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            • 17 March 2011 23:38, by punk_shabia

              Now I’m really worried for you. You are not only babbling incoherently but also getting agitated easily and losing it. You absolutely need to get checked your brain. I’m afraid you might get seizure and getting blamed for it. I know you Eritrean shabias fear the Tigrians as gods; but I guarantee you they are human like you and me. So, no need to fear them, so long as you don’t try to touch what is their’s with out their permission. Is it not that simple for everybody. Unless of course, it is a special, genetically mutated, creature like you. Wish you getting well.

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              • 19 March 2011 04:50, by Ethiojegna

                Isaias Afwerki was born in Asmara on February 2, 1946. He is the second son of Ato Afwerki Abraha and Woizero Adanech Berhe. His origin is both paternally and maternally Tigray, Ethiopia

                So you see you Eritreans are enslaved by Tigraian Ruler for more than 19 years.

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    • 30 March 2011 21:55, by Asmera

      Dear Sir,
      Thomas Edison wrote “If there is a better way, find it”. Do you have better idea, apart from criticism? How do you evaluate the Egyptian ideology about Nile, especially they always refer to the colonial era agreements and the 1956s? You did not mention any, how country like Ethiopia contributing 85% to the Nile is out of the agreement but forced to accept the principles written there the lion share is for Egypt and Sudan. Are you Ethiopian? I do not think you are Ethiopian; we do not have such stupid citizen who is on behalf of his enemy.
      The Nile case is very special assignment for Ethiopia, either to die or to use. We have a natural right to use Nile for irrigation and hydro electric power. In today’s world hydro electric is the safest power generation system, look what is happening from nuclear powers in Japan, and the movement in Germany against nuclear energy. Of course, we may not have a capacity to build nuclear power station, but for us Nile, Gibe, Omo, Wabshebelle and so on are our potential nuclear power substations.
      How stupid idea do have to oppose power plantation, especially on Nile? Do you have really alternatives? Please, do not open your dirty mouth on someone else that is doing his best ever seen in Ethiopia, but you are opposing, opposing and opposing….. no alternative, no better idea, no better solution to the challenges. We can win the challenges, economic, dirty idea like you, social, environmental and geopolitical encumbers through strategic leadership, and action to implementations.
      You also mentioned about educational back ground of H.E Meles. Do you really know this person? Do you know his education, practices, reading capability, writing competence and, leadership ability during challenges? Do you know?
      What is education? What it uses if you cannot do anything may be for criticizing?
      Do you really know what Open University provides? Do you compare with AAU?
      I got a chance to read just one subject from Open University; it matters to learn only that subject rather than learning 40 subjects in AAU. I am not to oppose AAU that is where we are, I totally accept as it is, but we have to work for change, growth and maturity like Open University. You cannot really buy your masters from Open University simply by having money. May be you cannot reach there; this is why you are opposing.
      I have a lot to say, but I believe this is enough to direct you to the correct place.
      “Putting a person at his place” American

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  • 19 March 2011 16:35, by Wolleyewu

    You are just knocking like an empty barrel to make confusion onreaders.

    You Tigrians ans Eriterians are the sole enemy of Ethiopia on Earth. You can go to hell. We have never had enemies except you people who are naturally single entity but disguised the international community as two in the name of Tigray and Eriteria.

    But the good thing is we Ethiopians know you well and we will do what we should and what you desreved starting from eviction from the land of Ethiopia, confiscation of your property gained through plunder and proper justice will be done for the humanity crime you committed on inocent citizens.

    Death for Tigre+Eriteria= Tigrians

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  • 3 April 2011 13:11, by Neftegna

    Mr wannabe Wolloyew

    I don’t know who you’re trying to fool here but nobody is buying it. Your hateful rhetoric narrates your sorry existence . Admit it, you’re a sad, broken hobo with no future. Ethiopia Tikdem !!

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