South Sudan plans to build a dam on the Nile River
South Sudan plans to build a hydroelectric generating dam using the Nile River.
According to Ethiopian News Agency, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of South Sudan, Deng Dau Deng , told Malek told the Nation that his country could afford to build a dam which he said is important to transition the war torn South Sudan to an industry led economy.
He said the Dam is one of the projects which the government of South Sudan intends to finance with oil revenue.
The Deputy Minister added the country suffers from seasonal floods, power shortages, water shortages and poor infrastructure.
According to the report, the Ministry of Irrigation has carried out a detailed plan and study to determine how long the dam will be, how much water it will hold and how many turbines it will generate.
Mr. Malek is also cited as saying that the key to build the Dam is a financial resource, and he said that his country could afford it.
South Sudan has been trying to mediate Ethiopia and Sudan over the border dispute, which Ethiopia declined out of pursuit of a bilateral solution to the problem.
“South Sudan believes that the dispute between the three countries should be resolved only through dialogue and negotiation,” he said, adding that the Nile River should be used peacefully and not by the conflict.
Egypt and Sudan, have not yet reacted officially to South Sudan’s plan to build a dam by using the Nile River.