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June 30, 2011

Ethiopia to make power hub with four new Nile dams

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia plans to build hydroelectric dams along the Nile River, an official said Wednesday, a move that would allow it to sell electricity to Egypt and Sudan though both countries have said the dams threaten their water rights.

Ethiopian power corporation manager Mihret Debebe said the four new dams could add 11,000 megawatts to the country's ailing power grid. Another dam on the Nile is under construction and will add 5,250 megawatts. Work on the four new dams will start after 2015, he said.

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