CAIRO: Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have selected two European consultancy firms to carry out technical studies needed to determine the impact of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The agreement, which comes according to a roadmap agreed by the three countries in August in Khartoum, was reached during a round of tripartite talks among water ministers of the three countries that was held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa April 8 and 9.
The names of the two firms have yet to be announced. However, a source inside the Irrigation Ministry previously told Youm7 that “French and Dutch firms might be assigned to investigate the hydraulic, financial and social effects of the hydropower dam on the three countries.”
Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moughazi told Youm7 said the studies will be conducted within a time frame of 11 months.
He noted that the three ministers have submitted inquiries to the two European firms, adding that the signing with the selected firms will take place in Addis Ababa early in May.
In May 2013, an advisory panel conducted a report on the dam’s impact on downstream countries; Egypt rejected the report and other studies submitted by the Ethiopian side.
On May 5, 2014, Egypt issued a report cautioning that building the dam, which is expected to be operational in 2017, could shrink Egypt’s share of Nile water by 12 billion cubic meters. Ethiopia has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and that it would not affect Egypt’s share of water.