Completion of the dam is aimed for 2017
The total cost of the project is approximately €3.3 billion (US$4,450 billion)
The dam will have an average capacity of 6,000 megawatts and 15,692 gigawatt hours of annual energy
The Main Dam length will be 1,780 metres and will reach 145 metres high
The Saddle Dam length will be 4,800 metres and will reach 45 metres highSource: EEPCo
But the project is hugely controversial and downstream countries, in particular Egypt, fear that the dam’s management may have a catastrophic impact on their water security.
SciDev.Net travelled to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to put a spotlight on the science behind the controversy and discovered how science diplomacy could provide new platforms for dialogue.
In preparing this article the author acknowledges input from Rehab Abd Almohsen.