ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia’s state-owned power utility firm
Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) announced on Monday it has
appointed Ephrem Woldekidan as the new acting chief engineer of
a 6,450-MW hydro dam project currently being built on Blue Nile
Azeb Asnake, CEO of
EEP, said Woldekidan, who was previously deputy chief engineer
of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a replacement
of the former chief engineer, Simegnew Bekele, who was found
dead in his car on July 26, with a gunshot wound to the head,
reported state media outlet Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation.
Bekele had been the
chief engineer of the GERD since its construction started in
April 2011 on the Blue Nile River.
have not yet given indications on whether Bekele’s death was
from a self-inflicted wound or murder, but Prime Minister Abiy
Ahmed said he believes the engineer was murdered.
electromechanical and civil works on GERD is currently being
undertaken as per schedule, dismissing rumors work on the hydro
dam is currently stalled in the aftermath of Bekele’s death.
The project, which
will be Africa’s largest upon completion, is now 66 percent
complete, according to the Ethiopian government.