CAIRO: The two consultant offices, selected to conduct technical studies needed to determine the impact of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile downstream countries will submit a joint offer on June 22, Irrigation Ministry consultant Alaa Yassin told The Cairo Post Saturday.
French BRL Group and the Dutch Deltares, were chosen by a committee of Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese experts April 9. The two companies have combined their individual offers into a joint one Yassin said, adding that The 12-member Technical National Committee (TNC) would discuss the new offer during the July 1-3 talks.
After long series of tripartite talks, the three counties have agreed to choose a neutral company to study the economic and environmental impacts of the dam.
Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Houssam al-Mouaghzy officially invited Thursday the other two countries to another round of the negotiation during which the three parties will submit a draft of a contract that would be signed with the European companies.
Signing the contract will be held by July 11, he noted; however, the place of signing the contract could be in Cairo or Khartoum, Moughazy was quoted by MENA.
The construction of the dam chilled relations between Addis Ababa and Cairo, especially during the Morsi administration. Egypt said the construction would affect its share of Nile water, whereas Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development.