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Egypt, Ethiopia dam dispute nears end

An agreement later this year could end the longstanding dispute over the construction of the dam

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Egypt has resisted the construction of the 6000MW Ethiopia's renaissance hydropower dam along the Blue Nile
Egypt has resisted the construction of the 6000MW Ethiopia's renaissance hydropower dam along the Blue Nile

The longstanding dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam along the Nile River could be resolved this month, according to government officials in Sudan.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will iron out their differences in an agreement expected to be signed later this month, which will give the 6000 MW dam project full blessing to proceed.

Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudanese foreign minister was quoted by APA as saying that the recent tripartite meeting on Ethiopia’s dam held in Khartoum last week has achieved positive results.

He said that the positive results could lead an agreement that satisfies all sides during the meeting scheduled to be held in Khartoum later this month.

The Renaissance Dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic meters of water.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed concerns that filling and operating the dam on the Blue Nile will negatively affect Egypt’s water supply, while Ethiopia has rejected the claims.

 

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