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Ethiopia names new chief engineer for mega dam 

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 river.

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.

Ethiopian police 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.

Asnake said 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. 

             

 

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