Gilgel Gibe III begins power generation; what did Meles say about critics of the dam (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – The Gilgel Gibe III hydroelectric power project, located about 92 km northwest of Arbaminch in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region, began power generation.
The project, the third largest hydroelectric plant in Africa with a power output of about 1870 Megawatt (MW), will increase Ethiopia’s power generation capacity by 234% according to Alemayehu Tegenu,cabinet affairs advisor of the Prime minister and former Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy. The power will provide an important contribution to Ethiopia’s socio-economic development by feeding the country’s grid as well as facilitating more power to the country’s power-export program and assisting regional integration among neighboring countries through the interconnected power links.
Responding to a question raised by Dawit Kebede of Awramba Times in August 2010, the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi vowed to complete the dam “at any cost”, saying about critics of the dam that “They don’t want to see developed Africa; they want us to remain undeveloped and backward to serve their tourists as a museum.” Please watch below