Ethiopia and Egypt are in crosshairs over a renewable energy project along the Blue Nile. The project is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is the largest hydro generating power plant in Africa. So much is the matter a bone of contention that the case reached international levels.
This disagreement is a result of the cessation by Ethiopia during US-mediated talks between the two countries. Ethiopia’s withdrawn interest in the negotiations comes from a claim that the United States did not have their opinion on the matter. Ethiopia representatives at the time requested a short time to reflect on the information at hand, but in the end, they opted out of the talks.
The cessation by Ethiopian representatives was a drawback to the expected result by Egypt. However, Egypt followed with a call of support from the Arab league. The inclusion of the Arabic league sought to have Ethiopia recognize the importance of Egypt as a significant factor in ownership of the Nile and its waters.
The bone of contention between the two countries is a minor point along the GERD reservoir. According to reports, Egypt plans to complete filling up the storage capacity within 12 years while Ethiopia intends to finish the project in 7 years.
However, the allocated time is running out. As it is now, the closest commencement time is Ethiopias, which planers to start filling by 7th June.
There is speculation that both countries have to come back to the drawing board and reach an agreement. The pair should prepare for possible changes in their current positions if they work together soon.
The project is a renewable energy venture formed in 2011. According to the information, the project has an estimated cost of $5billion, and Ethiopia will benefit the most. The at its completion the project will provide an additional 16000GW into the countries electrical grid
The country can currently produce energy for 44% of its entire population. However, the project’s completion will spell better deals for Ethiopian energy consumption. Should the project start, a new extensive number of Ethiopian citizens will play a significant role in the new energy supply scheme.
However, Ethiopia’s energy needs put it against Egypts sustainability requirements. The desert-based country entirely relies on the Nile to provide water. When operational, the project will limit Egypt’s agricultural capacity, posing a significant problem with its sustainability. It is unclear how Ethiopia’s next move will affect the project. However, there is hope for an alternative solution for the two countries