Egypt’s Billion-Dollar Soviet Project, the Aswan Dam, Turns 50

Fifty years after Nile River flooding was brought under control by the Aswan High Dam, the billion-dollar project is still revered as a fountain of life – generating huge amounts of electricity and bringing water to both Egypt and Sudan.

Soviet funding and ingenuity were key to building the rock-fill dam – a feat that took more than a decade – with Egyptian towns and villages finding themselves with electricity for the first time, largely thanks to Soviet assistance in building the transmission…


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