Ethiopia To Go On Filling Nile Mega-dam Despite Impasse: Minister
Muhammad Irfan 9 days ago Wed 07th April 2021 | 05:10 PM
Addis Ababa, April 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Apr, 2021 ) :Ethiopia said Wednesday it would not be deterred from impounding water at its Nile mega-dam, despite a persistent impasse with downstream countries worried about their water supply.
But Ethiopian water minister Seleshi Bekele told a press conference Wednesday that Ethiopia would continue filling the dam's massive reservoir during the upcoming rainy season, which normally begins in June or July.
"As construction progresses, filling takes place," Seleshi said.
Filling began last year, with Ethiopia announcing in July 2020 it had hit its target of 4.9 billion cubic metres -- enough to test the dam's first two turbines, an important milestone on the way towards actually producing energy.
The goal is to impound an additional 13.5 billion cubic metres this year.