Amended technical proposal on GERD studies to be submitted end of May
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CAIRO: An amended technical proposal on the impact of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by French consultancy firms BRL and Artelia will be submitted by the end of May, informed sources at the Irrigation Ministry told Youm7 Thursday.

BRL will carry out 70 percent of the studies and Artelia will embark on 30 percent. Egypt request amendments to the technical offer related to the hydraulic studies and the flow of water during the water filling of GERD, which was not included in the first proposal.

Amendments requested by Egypt also included the impact of the dam on soil salinization and other aspects.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.

The three countries formed a tripartite committee to resume the talks on the dam; the leaders of the three countries signed the Declaration of the Renaissance Dam Principles Charter on May 2015, to guarantee water shares of each state.

The $4-billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.

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