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The Tallest Dam in the world is nearly finished in Ethiopia
The World's tallest dam is under construction in Ethiopia and BBC Special report has extensive coverage on the construction and the controversies surrounding the dam.
By Peter Greste
BBC News, Ethiopia
Deep in the gorge country that falls off the Ethiopian plateau, workers in boots and hard hats are hammering, drilling, blasting and digging their way into the mountainside for the foundations of the vast wall that will, when finished, create the second largest hydroelectricity dam in sub-Saharan Africa.
Teams of workers are blasting out the "keyhole" - the slot in the side of the valley that will hold the dam wall in place.
Others are finishing the concrete lining to the last of three 1,000m long tunnels that have already begun diverting the Omo River waters around the main construction site.
The Gibe III dam is under construction on the Omo River, approximately 300km southwest of Addis Ababa. It is the third in a series of cascading hydroelectric projects in the region.
The first, the Gilgel Gibe dam (also called Gibe I), was completed north of the Gibe III dam site in 2004. The Gibe II project is a power plant associated with the Gibe I dam that is still under construction.
The new Gibe III dam is expected to produce 6500 GWh of energy a year, and surplus energy is expected to create 300 million euros (£282m; $407m) in revenue, according to the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), the sole provider of power in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia's neighbours, such as Djibouti, Yemen, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt, would all be in a position to purchase the excess energy.
EEPCo sees another benefit of the project in regulating the flow of the river, which floods annually, and thereby making it navigable all year.
The resulting reservoir of approximately 200 sq km would be used as a fishery, according to an environmental and social impact assessment by EEPCo.
Editor's Note: I encourage all of our readers to visit BBC website and watch the video and read all about the project.
Lovely picture and lovely action by the Ethiopian government.
Long live Meles, i also hope soon you will guide us to get back our God give outlet to the sea.
Hope sudan size mouthe “c’moi senait” will come and open her mouth and wonder what it will come out. Just wondering !?!?!?
Ya we really need that ASAP. No light 24/7 in Addis Since the
The Weyanes took over. The weyaneys build road, building now electric power
Dam good job. Now is the time you share power too, We need Our Birtukan
Free ASAP. OR the all work you done have no credit by Ethiopians.
time to say thx for those who try they best to happen this in our lovelly mother land.
there is a time to cry there is a time to celebrate too…..
God bless u All
If Meles is still in power by 2012’s, I will predict he will make sure the electric power fly above Ethiopian Land to go to Sudan and Kenya to chase that money. Ethiopia will be in the dark for long time regardless of the dam. Mark my word.
long live to eprdf.
long live to pm. meles.
You must be dreaming.
You must be dreaming.
EEPA= Ethiopian Enviromental Protection Agency
Please! stop by wasting money and labour for the future WEYANE-LEBAS nightmare and dream.
AS PROFESSOR ALEMAYEHU G/MARIAM pointed out, you need to work on controlling the pollution and disease to save the life of KOKA-DAM residents.
GOD BLESS YOU! the true ethiopian pride distingushed PROFESSOR alemayehu.
Twolde Berhan Gebre heads the agency, and he dismisses critics like Mr Leakey as misguided.
“Leakey’s a big name but I don’t know what he’s based his arguments on. I don’t think he’s right,” he said.
“My experts have also examined it. They have studied the environmental impact statements. They have visited the site and I know them.
“I don’t know you. I trust them and I don’t care for what you say.",
I love this man, Twolde Berhan Gebre!!!
Mr.Leaky, there are no factual grounds for your leaky and wicked Hypothetical Assessments. In case your decomposing brain which seemed stacked in the colonial era failed you to remember anything, this is the 21st century and the historically independent state of Ethiopia will continue implementing determinant massive projects in her own territory, that is irrespective of your whims! We know that your racist and parasitic nature is yearning the days that you were solely barring Ethiopia from using her own resources so that you and your wasteful slaves can have it all, No More!! Nile is Next.
I congratulate the people who have envisioned and implementing this project!
it is time to bring the money from swiz bank and put it back where it supposed to be (a project like this one). time to fix your rotten name.
what happened to Tekeze? no water?
i dont say nothing for those who writ up coment on ethiopia gena key baherem yemetal
what is the use of having the tallest dam in the world,don’t we have the fertile and a better land? but we don’t have even daily food,as the same talking we may have electricity but might be still in the dark,becouse weyanes are exporting it to get forigen currency."LAM ALEGN BESEMY WETETUANEM ALAY".
Another great news and heart breaking to the enemies of Ethiopia/ns included the CUD member Diasporas. What a wonderful thing to see for Ethiopia/ns, finally the light is shinning for all Ethiopians and soon they will not only have electricity but also greater agricultures as well. Thank you EPRDF and Meles and all who worked hard to make it happen (minus FREE and the likes)
While the Eritreans are doing bandits works with their dead but alive Shabea leader, Ethiopians are working hard to strenghen themselves to get rid of poverty and famine.
But Poor Isayas still contemplating (Shifta)work inside Ethiopia.
But something is readdy for him in that aspect.
Long live Mama Ethiopia!!
good job!! this should be supported by all of us. free birtukan mideksa!!!!
Dam or no Dam, the right of the people to be ruled by their own elected government, the right of the people to change the government they don’t like will never change. Meles Zenawi and his ethnic cabal of assassins were told over and over again that the Ethiopian people are not interested to have them as their leader. If free election were to be held today, Meles and his assasins will not last even a day freely in Ethiopia but wil be thrown to jail for their crimes. The right of the people to change their government freely can not be abridged by a dam or buidling or Sheraton or some planes bouth by Ethiopian Airlines!!
throw away melata meles from the top of the dam alive
very nice this is the kind of development we need congrats to all that are making it happen keep it up.
It is our national interest.
Go for it!!!!
Cry Me a Lake
The next title by Al Mariam
Cry Me Gilgel-Gibe I
Cry Me Gilgel-Gibe II
Cry Me Gilgel-Gibe III …
Cry Me Al Mariam…
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