Monday, February 23, 2015

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia receive offers for Nile dam studies

(Feb 23, 2015, (Cairo))--Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have received offers from four firms to conduct technical studies on the latter's large-scale dam project, which Cairo fears will affect its supply of water from the Nile River.

Alaa Yassin, spokesperson on the Ethiopia dam issue for Egypt's irrigation ministry, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Monday that the tripartite committee will meet by the first week of March in Khartoum to choose a firm.

He added that three of the firms that made offers are European while the other is Australian.Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia had originally selected seven international firms in October 2014 to prepare technical and financial offers to conduct studies on Ethiopia's $4.2 billion dam project.

They were expected to choose a firm by mid-December. However, the deadline was extended and some firms withdrew. The selected firm's report is expected to include the dam's impact on upstream Nile countries Egypt and Sudan, as well as its environmental, social and economic effects. Read more from Ahram Online  »

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