በታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ የዋናው ግድብ የአርማታ ሙሌት ሥራ ተጀመረ

ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል ማመንጫ ግድብ ግንባታ መጋቢት 24 ቀን 2003 ዓ.ም ይፋ ከሆነበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ እስከአሁን ድረስ የተለያዩ ሥራዎች ተከናውነዋል፡፡

በሥራው ሂደት በርካታ የግንባታ ምዕራፎችንም አልፏል፡፡ የፕሮጀክቱ ዋንኛ አካላት የሆኑት የግድቡ የኃይል ማመንጫ ጣቢያዎችና የኃይል መቆጣጠሪያ ማዕከል ሥራዎችም በመቀላጠፍ ላይ ናቸው፡፡

በፕሮጀክቱ ዲዛይን መሰረት ሲከናወኑ የነበሩት የተለያዩ የቁፋሮ ሥራዎች በመገባደድ ላይ ሲሆኑ በአሁኑ ወቅት የዋናው ግድብ ግንባታ ወደ አዲስ ምዕራፍ እየተሸጋገረ እንደሆነ የፕሮጀክቱ ዋና ሥራ አስኪያጅ ኢንጅነር ሥመኘው በቀለ ተናግረዋል፡፡

ኢንጅነር ሥመኘው እንደሚሉት አሁን በአብዘሃኛው የቁፋሮ ስራው እየተጠናቀቀ የአርማታ ሙሌት ሥራው ቀጥሏል፡፡ የሃይል ማመንጫ ጣቢያዎች ግንባታ ለማከናወንም የወለል ቁፋሮ እየተጠናቀቀ ነው ብለዋል፡፡

ከዝቅተኛው ወለል የተጀመረው ይህ የአርማታ ሙሌት ሥራ 1 ሺህ 7 መቶ 80  ሜትር ርዝመትና 1 መቶ 45 ሜትር ቁመት ያለው ግድብ ግንባታው እስኪጠናቀቅ ድረስ ይቀጥላል፡፡

የግድቡ ግንባታ እስኪያልቅ ድረስ ወንዙ በቋሚነት የሚፈስበት የብረት አሸንዳ ለመትከልም የመሰረት ግንባታው በመጠናቀቅ ላይ ነው፡፡ ለዚህ ተግባር አስፈላጊ የሆኑ የግንባታ ሥራዎችም በመፋጠን ላይ ናቸው፡፡

የብረታ ብረትና ኢንጅነሪንግ ኮርፖሬሽን ወንዙን ለመጥለፍ የሚያስችሉ መሳሪያዎች በማምረት ላይ ሲሆን ከጥቂት ቀናቶች በኋላ የተከላ ሥራውን እንደሚጀምር ነው የተገለጸው፡፡

በሁሉም የግንባታ ሥራዎች ዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃውን የጠበቀ የጥራት ፍተሻ እንደሚከናወን የገለጹት ኢንጅነር ስመኘው ፣ፕሮጀክቱን በተያዘለት የጊዜ ገደብ ለማጠናቀቅም 24 ሰዓት እየተሰራ እንደሆነ ገልጸዋል፡፡

በዚህ ፕሮጀክት ያሉት የሲቪልና የሃይድሮ መካኒካል ሥራዎችም በከፍተኛ ቅንጅት እየተከናወኑ ነው፡፡ ለግንባታው መቀላጠፍ አስፈላጊ የሆኑ 1 ሺህ 6 መቶ ማሽኖችን ጨምሮ ሁሉም ግብዓቶችና ቁሳቁሶች እንደተሟሉም ኢንጅነሩ ገልጸዋል፡፡

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News: International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)- IEPSA Established

Ethiopian experts, professionals, university professors, doctors, doctoral students and graduate scholars in Europe, USA and Canada established a group named International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)- IEPSA. The group which is composed of more than 25 Ethiopian experts is drawn from different fields of studies that are directly and indirectly related with water issues both from the hard sciences and the social sciences. The following is the full press release of IEPSA.

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Establishment of the International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)

Press release

On June 22nd 2013 Ethiopians composed of experts from different disciplines across different continents establish an international organization called International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (IEPSA).  .

IEPSA’s main objective is to mobilize Ethiopian professionals across the world to provide support in their professional capacity for the successful completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); and for ensuring the continuous utilization of Abay (Nile) River by Ethiopia based on fair, equitable and internationally acceptable principles.  The major factors for the establishment of the IEPSA are: firstly, there is no other non-governmental body to deliver researched and organized information to the international community about GERD which is currently under construction. Secondly, the majority of the Egyptian people know only what they are told by their politicians and have no information about the significance and importance of the GERD for upstream countries. Furthermore, the people of Egypt do not understand the rights of other riparian states on the Nile and as a result their attitude to upstream water development projects is very biased and negative. . Thirdly, there are also questions raised by Ethiopians about the size and location of the GERD-which needs clear answers. Fourthly, there is no formal arrangement made to bring the professionals of other riparian states so that they can play a constructive role regarding the GERD. And fifthly, there has not been any platform or mechanism to bring Ethiopians across different countries together so they could professionally support the efforts of Ethiopia on water and related projects.

With the aim of filling the aforementioned gaps and the necessity of focusing on the ongoing projects on Abay (Nile) River, the IEPSA aspires to achieve certain objectives mainly providing scientifically conducted and research based information about the GERD to the concerned entities, provide  professional support and work in cooperation with the National Committee for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on different issues which need expertise, working towards maintaining and protecting Ethiopia`s national interest on the international stage through strengthening public relation works and lobbing, establishing a database to make any information on the Nile River, in general and the GERD in particular, available for the public and answering all questions regarding the Nile in general and the GERD in particular. IEPSA will also support the national committee to mitigate and answer the critical questions raised by the international environmental organizations on the GERD.

IEPSA is composed of professionals from different disciplines who are mainly university professors, doctors, researchers, expertise in different fields working in big companies; and doctoral students and university graduate scholars mainly from America, Europe and Canada. The composition includes engineers from different disciplines, economists, environmental scientist and conservation professionals, water management experts, and trans-boundary water management professionals, international law experts, information technology professionals; and international relations/hydropolitics researchers.

It is with great privilege we invite all Ethiopian professionals and scholars to join us the ‘International Ethiopian Professional Support for Abay .Your contribution and participation in this timely issue would be greatly appreciated. You can rich us by email: abayipsa@gmail.com

ዓለምአቀፍ የኢትዮጵያ ባለሙያዎች  ድጋፍ ለአባይ (ኢፕሳ)

International Ethiopian Professional Support for Abay (IEPSA)

Email: abayipsa@gmail.com

News: International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)- IEPSA Established

Ethiopian experts, professionals, university professors, doctors, doctoral students and graduate scholars in Europe, USA and Canada established a group named International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)- IEPSA. The group which is composed of more than 25 Ethiopian experts is drawn from different fields of studies that are directly and indirectly related with water issues both from the hard sciences and the social sciences. The following is the full press release of IEPSA.

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Establishment of the International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (Nile)

Press release

On June 22nd 2013 Ethiopians composed of experts from different disciplines across different continents establish an international organization called International Ethiopian Professionals Support for Abay (IEPSA).  .

IEPSA’s main objective is to mobilize Ethiopian professionals across the world to provide support in their professional capacity for the successful completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD); and for ensuring the continuous utilization of Abay (Nile) River by Ethiopia based on fair, equitable and internationally acceptable principles.  The major factors for the establishment of the IEPSA are: firstly, there is no other non-governmental body to deliver researched and organized information to the international community about GERD which is currently under construction. Secondly, the majority of the Egyptian people know only what they are told by their politicians and have no information about the significance and importance of the GERD for upstream countries. Furthermore, the people of Egypt do not understand the rights of other riparian states on the Nile and as a result their attitude to upstream water development projects is very biased and negative. . Thirdly, there are also questions raised by Ethiopians about the size and location of the GERD-which needs clear answers. Fourthly, there is no formal arrangement made to bring the professionals of other riparian states so that they can play a constructive role regarding the GERD. And fifthly, there has not been any platform or mechanism to bring Ethiopians across different countries together so they could professionally support the efforts of Ethiopia on water and related projects.

With the aim of filling the aforementioned gaps and the necessity of focusing on the ongoing projects on Abay (Nile) River, the IEPSA aspires to achieve certain objectives mainly providing scientifically conducted and research based information about the GERD to the concerned entities, provide  professional support and work in cooperation with the National Committee for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on different issues which need expertise, working towards maintaining and protecting Ethiopia`s national interest on the international stage through strengthening public relation works and lobbing, establishing a database to make any information on the Nile River, in general and the GERD in particular, available for the public and answering all questions regarding the Nile in general and the GERD in particular. IEPSA will also support the national committee to mitigate and answer the critical questions raised by the international environmental organizations on the GERD.

IEPSA is composed of professionals from different disciplines who are mainly university professors, doctors, researchers, expertise in different fields working in big companies; and doctoral students and university graduate scholars mainly from America, Europe and Canada. The composition includes engineers from different disciplines, economists, environmental scientist and conservation professionals, water management experts, and trans-boundary water management professionals, international law experts, information technology professionals; and international relations/hydropolitics researchers.

It is with great privilege we invite all Ethiopian professionals and scholars to join us the ‘International Ethiopian Professional Support for Abay .Your contribution and participation in this timely issue would be greatly appreciated. You can rich us by email: abayipsa@gmail.com

ዓለምአቀፍ የኢትዮጵያ ባለሙያዎች  ድጋፍ ለአባይ (ኢፕሳ)

International Ethiopian Professional Support for Abay (IEPSA)

Email: abayipsa@gmail.com

Ethiopia Briefed Diplomats in Addis on Ethio-Egypt Discussions

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia 

Jun 20, 2013

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Berhane Gebrechristos, briefed members of the diplomatic corps in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (June 19th) on the meetings held between Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros and Mr. Mohamed Kamel Am, Foreign Minister of Egypt earlier in the week. Ambassador Berhane told the diplomats that the recent report presented by the International Panel of Experts, drawn from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan as well as including experts from France, Germany, South Africa and Britain, had assessed that the Dam would not cause appreciable harm to the downstream countries, Sudan and Egypt. The panel presented its 800 page report to the respective countries, and according to agreement reached earlier, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt would now be holding roundtable discussions on further activities that the Panel had recommended should be carried out. Ambassador Berhane emphasized that the Panel had been setup, at Ethiopia’s instigation, to ensure mutual benefits for all three countries. There had been some misunderstanding but the two-day talks held in Addis Ababa between the two Foreign Ministers in a spirit of mutual understanding and brotherhood had reached agreement on discussions over the Panel’s report. Egyptian ambassador to Ethiopia, Mohamed Idris, told the meeting that Egypt believed Ethiopia has no intention to harm Egypt. The Ambassador of Uganda to Ethiopia, Mull Sebujja Katende, expressed his belief that Egypt and Sudan would sign the cooperation framework signed two years ago by six upstream riparian countries. In conclusion, Ambassador Berhane noted that the Foreign Ministers and the Ministers of Water Resources of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are now expected to hold further discussions in the near future.

Joint PRESS Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Kamel Amr and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Ministry of Foreign affairs

(Jun 18, 2013)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Kamel Amr and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met in Addis Ababa on Tuesday 18 June 2013.

The two ministers reiterated their commitment to strengthen their bilateral relations and coordinate their efforts to reach an understanding regarding all outstanding issues between both countries in a manner of trust and openness building on the positive developments of their relations. Both ministers underlined their desire to deepen their dialogue on a range of challenges that face the African continent in general and the Nile Basin region in particular.

With regard to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, both ministers agreed, as per the Terms of Reference of the International Panel of Experts, to immediately initiate consultations among Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, on how to move forward with the implementation of its recommendations, including the recommended studies to be conducted. In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia welcomed the Egyptian initiative to begin consultations amongst the Water Resources and Foreign Ministers of the three countries, at the technical and political levels, to ensure the implementation of the above-mentioned recommendations.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister expressed Egypt’s concerns regarding the possible effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt’s water use. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, on his part, assured his Egyptian counterpart that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will be used for power generation purposes, is being built in a way that addresses Egypt’s water security concerns. In such context, both Ministers agreed to take into account the developmental interests of Ethiopia as well as the water security concerns of downstream countries.

Both Ministers, in a spirit of brotherly relations and mutual understanding, agreed to embark on consultations at the technical and political levels, with the participation of the Republic of the Sudan, to implement in a speedy manner the International Panel of Experts’ recommendations. In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia reiterated Ethiopia’s previous position, which is committed to a win-win approach as the basis for future cooperation.

At the end of their consultation, both sides agreed to exert the maximum effort to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Both ministers stressed the need to continue the dialogue and communication with each other in order to follow up on the outcome of this meeting. In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia accepted the invitation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to visit Cairo in the near future.

Hailemariam: Egypt goes to war over Nile only if leaders go mad

ERTA

12 June 20113

The construction of the Renaissance Dam is a major undertaking of Ethiopia to lead the country the way out of poverty and no one has the power to halt the construction project, Prime Minister Hailemariam reiterates the stance of his government.

Prime Minister Hailemariam slammed recent provocative comments of Egyptian politicians of the Muslim brotherhood as a distraction to escape the strong domestic opposition they face for some time now.

He demanded Egyptian politicians to reconsider their unhelpful stand on the Renaissance Dam which can generate 6000 MW of electric power.

He said for Egypt to go to war over the Nile issues there should be the maddest leaders in the country. He encourages them to come to cooperation and negotiations to benefit the two friendly people.

He admired the support Sudan has shown all through the way since the construction begins two years ago adding Sudanese Foreign Minister who came to Ethiopia on Tuesday reaffirmed his countries position on the dam. He lauded Sudan for being cooperative and for recognizing the benefits of the dam to the downstream countries.

He assures his government’s commitment to cooperate on the Nile water issues so long as it recognizes fair share of Ethiopia of the water resources.

Prime Minister Hailemariam reminds Ethiopia has remained cooperative on the Nile water issues. That is what Ethiopia has done so far in relation to the Nile waters, he noted. Ethiopia has gone long distances by cooperating for the impact study that has included experts from the Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia while it involves four international experts to make the process as transparent as possible.

The expert study, he underscored, attests Ethiopia’s position that the dam has a lot of benefits to the downstream countries despite claims otherwise on the side of Egyptian politicians and the media there.

MoFA: Ethiopia will intensify its efforts towards the construction of the GERD

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

12 June 2013

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has previously issued a statement on the unhelpful and unnecessary propaganda campaign being carried out by some Egyptian politicians, civil society leaders and political parties about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The statement noted that Ethiopia had twice called the Egyptian Ambassador in Addis Ababa to the Foreign Ministry in order to explain the position of his government over these comments, and had indeed requested formal clarification from the Government of Egypt itself. Ethiopia, in turn, made clear its own unshakable belief in friendship, cooperation and mutual benefit as the underlying principles of its relations with all friendly states, including Egypt.

That being said, Ethiopia was deeply frustrated to see further unconstructive propaganda aired about the GERD in the presence of the President, Mohamed Morsi, the Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil, and other high ranking Egyptian officials at the Popular Conference on Egypt’s Rights to Nile Water. Among the baseless allegations aired at the Conference were comments that claimed the Dam posed a danger to the survival of the people of Egypt and malicious suggestions on ways to initiate activities aimed at putting pressure on Ethiopia to halt construction of the GERD. There were, in general, a series of provocative statements attacking both the national interest of Ethiopia and the will of its people to escape poverty. Indeed, a barrage of inaccurate and ill-advised comments, aimed at undermining the report of the International Panel of Experts, were also aired during the Forum.

The proposed suggestions of any resort to war or other forms of sabotage are unacceptable and have no place in the 21st century. In this context, Ethiopia would like to make it clear that it expects the Government of Egypt to refrain from all such unacceptable forms of behaviour or engagement and work towards greater cooperation between the two countries.

Ethiopia affirms that it will not be discouraged by this violent rhetoric. It reiterates in the strongest possible terms that it will not accept any proposal, from Egypt, to halt or delay the construction of the GERD. This apparent attempt to use alleged protests against the GERD as an element of internal domestic politics is against the interests of the people of Egypt.

Ethiopia would like to take this opportunity to extend its warmest appreciation to the Government of Sudan for the positive statements it has made about the benefits of the GERD as detailed in the report of the International Panel of Experts. It would hope that   others could learn much from the strong stance taken by Sudan in this regard.

Ethiopia would like to remind the Government of Egypt that as the report of the International Panel of Experts made very clear; the GERD offers major benefits to Egypt. Ethiopia remains firm in its genuine desire to cooperate with Egypt and foster greater friendship between the two countries.