Ethiopia rejects Egyptian proposal to increase holes at Renaissance Dam
Renaissance Dam

CAIRO: Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s proposal to increase number of outlets at the under-construction Renaissance Dam to allow water flow to the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan), Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported Friday.

During the tripartite meeting between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan held in Addis Ababa Thursday and Friday, Cairo has proposed to increase the water outlets at the dam from two to four.

Bizuneh Tolcha, Public Relations Director at the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Irrigation said the decision of building two openings came following “intensive studies…and Ethiopia does need to redesign the dam project,” according to EBC.

Ethiopia has started to build its project on the Blue Nile in 2011; Egypt fears the dam, which will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant, will negatively affect its share of Nile water, although Ethiopia said it is necessary for its development.

The three countries have conducting tripartite talks to reach final agreement governs the results of the technical studies related to the impact of the dam on the Nile basin countries. In December 2015, the three African countries also reached an agreement on the consultancy firms which would conduct the technical studies on the dam impacts; French Artelia and BRL groups have been selected to undertake the studies.

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