Egypt's High Dam .. 51 years since Egypt celebrated the completion of construction

Egypt Sat, Jan. 15, 2022
Today, Egypt celebrates the 51st anniversary of the completion of the construction of the High Dam project, which took place on this day corresponding to January 15, 1971.

The dream of the High Dam began at the hands of the late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), who insisted on completing the project, defying the pressures of foreign countries such as England and France, by refusing to support the project, to complete the dream, which is the most important engineering project during the twentieth century and the first continuous storage project on the The level of the basin countries. In the following lines, we monitor the most important information about the High Dam.

After the outbreak of the 1952 revolution, the Egyptian-Greek engineer Adrian Daninos presented to the Revolutionary Command Council a project to build a huge dam at Aswan to block the flood of the Nile, store its water and generate electric power from it, and studies began to build it in the same year.

The design for the construction of the dam was chosen after it was submitted by an engineering company from Germany in 1954, and then the financing phase of the project began.

Financing was the most important challenge, especially after the World Bank withdrew its offer to bear a quarter of the project costs due to pressures from England and France, and from here the late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser began searching for other sources of financing.

After the World Bank abandoned Egypt to support the dam, Russia agreed to lend Egypt 400 million rubles to implement construction work as a first stage, and then lent it 500 million rubles as a second stage.

In 1964, the decision was taken to divert the course of the Nile River, and it was a moment of transformation in the project and the start of water storage in the lake, then the installation of the power station and turbines and its operation began in 1967.

The entire storage began in 1968 and in 1970 the entire project was completed and the opening was in mid-January 1971.