CAIRO: The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a “tangible reality” and Egypt must work to avoid any negative impact, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in Tuesday T.V. statements.
Egyptian-Ethiopian relations are going through “a turning point and are developing” as Adis Ababa has shown willingness to cooperate after it once had doubts towards Cairo’s intentions, Shoukry said.
There previously was tension and a lack of trust between the two African nations, which required efforts from them to build credibility and relations that serve their interests, the top diplomat added.
Egypt and Ethiopia have engaged in long negotiations over GERD, as Egypt fears that it’s storage capacity and the duration of its filling will affect the flow of water reaching Egypt.
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.
An amended technical proposal on the impact of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) by French consultancy firms BRL and Artelia will be submitted soon, informed sources at the Irrigation Ministry told Youm7 May 26.
BRL will carry out 70 percent of the studies and Artelia will embark on 30 percent. Egypt requested 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.