By Tesfa-Alem Tekle April 21, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - Saudi Arabia on Saturday removed the Kingdom's deputy defense minister who recently made hostile remarks over Ethiopia's massive dam project being built on the Blue Nile River
only 30km upstream from Sudan.
In 2011, Ethiopia started the construction of the 6,000-megawatt Renaissance Dam over the Blue Nile River
, one of the major sources of water that forms the Nile River downstream.
Benishangul Gumuz regional state, located in western Ethiopia along the border with Sudan, hosts Ethiopia's largest development project, the 6450 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Hydro Dam, which is under construction on the Blue Nile River
GERD, formerly known as the Millennium Dam, is under construction in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, on the Blue Nile River
At a joint press conference with the Ethiopian leader this evening, President Al-Sisi pledged that Egypt would increase investments in Ethiopia and work for final agreement on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River
- one of the two major tributaries of the Nile, in Ethiopia.
"The levels of Blue Nile River
at Al Daim station, on the border with Ethiopia, registered a significant rise of 60cm, reaching 12.84 metres," Mohamedain Abul-Qasim, spokesman of the Civil Defence authority, said in a statement.
A planned attack against the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project located on the Blue Nile River
in the Benishangul region of Ethiopia was reportedly prevented from taking place by Ethiopian authorities.
A number of Ethiopians agree that the situation on Lake Tana has implications for regional hydro-politics as the lake is notably the headwaters to the Blue Nile River
, which flows to downstream countries, particularly Sudan and Egypt.
The future scenarios were based on future development interventions on the Blue Nile River
in Ethiopia, i.e.
The dam will also regulate the flow of the Blue Nile river
and the Nile River water, increasing the annual electricity production in the Roseris, Sinar and Merowe dams and any other dams that would be constructed in the future along the Nile river.
In his October 2014 doctoral dissertation at the Delft University of Technology, Ali identifies areas in Ethiopia and Sudan where soil erosion is putting sediment into the Upper Blue Nile River
, which is impacting the operation of hydropower dams and irrigation canals downstream.