Ethiopia: Egypt called Dam's Water Capacity "technically unacceptable"

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (HAN) January 12, 2015 – Public diplomacy and Regional Security and safety news. According to Al-Ahram, Egypt’s irrigation ministry says the current capacity of the Renaissance Dam will negatively affect its water share.

Egypt rejected the current the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) high storage capacity, as studies showed it will affect its national water security.

Egypt has objected to the storage capacity of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, which it fears will negatively affect its Nile water share.
Alaa Yassin, spokesperson on the Ethiopia dam issue for Egypt’s irrigation ministry, called for decreasing the dam’s capacity, currently set at 74 billion cubic metres, saying this will have an adverse effect on Egypt’s water supply.

Yassin stated, according to state news agency MENA on Sunday, that his country’s “studies” on the dam have shown that the capacity is “unjustified” and “technically unacceptable.”

In October, Ethiopia said it had completed 40 percent of the construction necessary for its $4.2 billion dam project, adding that the first stage of the dam will be operational from June 2015. The 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa’s largest, is expected to be completed by 2017.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have created a tripartite committee to conduct negotiations on the dam, a source of concern for Egypt.

Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, the Nile’s most significant tributary, supplying most of its water

The committee is expected to meet mid-January to choose an international firm to conduct studies on the dam’s impact. This meeting has been postponed twice while some firms have withdrawn from the pool of prospective candidates to conduct the study.

In previous statements, Egyptian officials have said that there are several technical issues that could be discussed with Ethiopia should the anticipated report reveal that the dam will diminish Egypt’s water supply.

Egypt will likely need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current 55 billion cubic metre quota, to meet the water needs of a projected population of 150 million, according to Egypt’s National Planning Institute.


 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. My government has right to use Nile river no one is able to refuse us using this water as energy.Egypt 100% totally wrong.b/c water we are using is not inside Egypt but is our land. God bless Ethiopia.

  2. who cares. we ethiopian will do what ever we want to do.

    ETHIOPIA # 1

    EGYPT AND ARABS WILL BE OUR SLAVES

    OIL PRICE GOING DOWN THANKS TO AMERICA AND CANDA

    YOU WILL BE VERY POOR SOON.

    VIVA ISREAL

    VIVA ETHIOPIA

  3. You do not belong in Africa/ go back to the Middle East or Arabia. The Nile is n African river and Ethiopia can use as it wishes to benefit African people. I as a citizen of Somalia support the Ethiopian people to tell Egyptians to take a hike.!!!

    • “axmed” is a filthy Ethiopian pretending to be Somali – Ethiopian cowards lie and deceive all the time.

      Egypt must teach the arrogant and deluded Ethiopians a lesson. Egypt must destroy the Ethiopia’s damn: it is a threat to Egypt’s existence.

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