Two Bottom Outlets of GERD Completed, Operationalized –Water Minister

Addis Ababa, April 19, 2021 (Walta) – Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Sileshi Bekele disclosed that the construction of two bottom outlets (BO) of the GERD that provides release of water into the downstream has been completed, tested, and become operational.

The 2 BOs have a capacity of passing the entire annual Abbay flow in a year, provide assurances of the flow of water to downstream at no time water interrupted, the Minister Twitted.

According to him, the other 13 outlets are under construction adding a huge capacity of water release.

In the rainy season, these BO guarantee flow while filling takes place as inflow exceeding outflow at the reservoir. As such GERD is important for power generation for the needs of Ethiopia, ENA reports.

“It removes flood risk in Sudan like the one that occurred last season, saves losses of water in flood plains and GERD is not a concern for harm. It is designed smart as filling and construction go in parallel, constructed as high quality & state of the art modern facility. Rests on meters square area,” Sileshi pointed out.