Friday, May 27, 2016

Ethiopian minister: Renaissance dam 'a reality no matter what'

(May 27, 2016, (Ahram Online))--Ethiopia's communication minister said Friday that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a "reality," and "no matter what happens, things will not change," Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

Minister Getachew Reda, speaking to London-based newspaper in Khartoum, said that 50 percent of construction work on the dam had been completed and most of the dam's civil engineering projects were complete.

“When turbines are installed, 70 percent of the project will be complete,” he said. Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over the dam's possible effect on the country's supply of Nile water. Ethiopia has denied the dam would negatively affect Egypt, but the two countries, alongside Sudan, have agreed to conduct impact studies on the dam.

Reda stated that “Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed on the technical committees. Furthermore, we haven’t promised to stop construction work pending the completion of technical studies.” “These committees are specialised in studying whether the dam would harm Sudan or Egypt and not whether to build or not to build the dam,” he added. Read more from Ahram Online »

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