Ethiopia finishes 35.8% of Renaissance Dam before resuming talks
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam - AFP

CAIRO: Until the end of June 35.8 percent of Renaissance Dam construction was finished, theNational Council for the Coordination of Construction of the Renaissance Dam announced Friday, Anadolu reported.

This announcement came less than three weeks before resuming the tripartite negotiations regarding Renaissance Dam between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan which are to take place on August 26 and 27 in Khartoum.

Head of public relations in the council Fekadu Ketema told Anadolu that his country is seeking to finish the work on the project before the deadline in April 2017.

“There is no shortage in financing the Renaissance Dam project and the Italian company tasked with executing the project also assured this” Ketema said.

A report published by the Egyptian government on May 5 warned the dam could aggravate the water scarcity crisis in Egypt. The report said that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is expected to be operational in 2017, will reduce Egypt’s annual share of Nile Water by 12 billion cubic meters, Al-Ahram reported mid-July.

To confront these effects, the report recommended using alternative ways to obtain water, like desalinization. This requires increasing the quantity Egypt currently desalinizes, now estimated at 600 million cubic meters annually.

The negotiations were originally scheduled to be held on August 16 and 17 in Khartoum. However, the Ethiopian government sent Egypt a request asking for a delay in negotiations, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy said, according to MENA.

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