Addis Ababa’s announcement of the completion of the second fill of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is incorrect, according to Al-Ahram Center for Sudan and Nile Basin Affairs adviser Hany Raslan.
Raslan called the announcement an attempt by Ethiopia to use the issue to cover up the catastrophic situation the population is facing amid ongoing wars, massacres and defeat.
He stated that Ethiopia is spreading media propaganda to serve Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his government.
“Ethiopia failed miserably to complete the second fill as the Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation did not state the amount that had been stored, which is a total of about seven billion cubic meters for the first and second fills combined, while the planned 18.5 billion, due to failure to complete ramp works in the middle corridor,” Raslan told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
He stressed that the Minister of Irrigation has deliberately misled the public by not announcing how much water was added to the reservoir during the second filling, adding that this move represents a complete loss of credibility.
Raslan continued: “The Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation stated in an official letter to Egypt and Sudan that the second fill will be a volume of 13.5 billion cubic meters and that the total water behind the dam will reach 18.5 billion cubic meters, while he knew it was impossible to achieve this.”
The researcher said the same issue applies to the dam’s alleged flow capacity. Two turbines that should have been operational since the dam was first filled have stopped because the dam was not built to the correct specifications.
Even after the second fill, the two turbines at the bottom of the dam will not work, he claimed, adding that the Minister of Irrigation has announced that the two are not ready to operate but will be equipped in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Abiy Ahmed congratulated his people on the completion of the second filling of the Renaissance Dam reservoir, amid great tensions between Addis Ababa and the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.
Ahmed posted new photos of the dam on Twitter after the second fill was completed.
Cairo and Khartoum strongly opposed the second filling because there was no binding legal agreement between the three countries, which have been negotiating the issue for years.
Addis Ababa performed the first fill of GERD in July 2020, according to what Ahmed’s office announced at the time.
In a speech on Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi confirmed that Egypt will not allow its share of the Nile waters to be affected, stressing Cairo’s willingness to cooperate with the Ethiopian side provided its water interests are addressed. guaranteed.