CAIRO: The cost of the technical studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be borne by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and water storage will only begin after the studies are submitted, Youm7 reported Egypt’s Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazy Sunday.
The three countries have received the technical offer of two French consultancy firms; BRL and Artelia. Once approved with a deadline of the end of this week, they will request the financial offer for the two firms to embark on the studies, Moghazy said on the sidelines of a workshop on media awareness on water issues.
U.K.-based law firm Corbett & Co is planned to sign the contract with the consultancy companies on behalf of the three African nations mid-February, the minister added.
BRL and Artelia are tasked with studying the impact of GERD on the two downstream state; Sudan and Egypt. Their final reports should be submitted in no more than a year, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Advisor to Irrigation Minister Alaa Yassin as saying.
In intensive negotiations held in Khartoum late in December between the irrigation and foreign ministers of the three states, Artelia was chosen to carry out the technical study instead of Deltares, a Dutch consultancy firm that had withdrawn from the project over concerns that the study would be transparent.