News

Egypt Distressed With Speedy Construction of Ethiopian Dam

Egypt Distressed With Speedy Construction of Ethiopian Dam

10-1-2

Egypt expressed alarm at the speed of construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and renewed its strong commitment to completing its technical studies.

The concerns came in a Tuesday statement by the Egyptian Spokesperson for the Renaissance Dam and advisor to the Minister of Water Resources Alaa Yassin, who stressed the political significance of the studies, which should be conducted in a timely manner “before it is too late”.

During the ninth meeting of the Tripartite National Committee in Cairo on 8 and 9 November, Egypt denounced the delay of the studies after disputes erupted between the French and Dutch companies assigned to conduct the studies.

Egypt’s main concern since the GERD’s establishment n 2011 is its high storage capacity, which reaches 74bn cubic meters, over fears of affecting its national water security.

As per agreements signed in 1929 and 1959 in Ethiopia’s absence, downstream countries Egypt and Sudan together receive the majority of Nile Water. Egypt annually receives 55.5bn cubic metres of the estimated total 84bn cubic metres of Nile water produced each year, while Sudan receives 18.5bn cubic metres. Britain had signed the initial 1929 on behalf of Egypt, its then-colony.

Ethiopia began constructing the dam in 2011 and since then Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic dispute, which reached a peak in 2013, following ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s threats.

Court Imprisons Egyptian TV Host Behind ‘Gay Cairo Bathhouse Raid’
Egypt and Israel Corporations Sign Preliminary Natural Gas Agreement

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Two Sentenced to Death for Killing of 24-Year-Old Maryam in Egypt’s Maadi

Egyptian StreetsNovember 26, 2020

Egypt Faces International Condemnation Over EIPR Arrests

Niveen GhoneimNovember 25, 2020

Egypt’s Nadeen Ashraf on BBC’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’ of 2020

Mirna AbdulaalNovember 24, 2020

German Citizen Accused of Spying on Angela Merkel’s Press Office for Egypt

Egyptian StreetsNovember 17, 2020

Egypt Unearths Largest Archaeological Discovery of 2020

Egyptian StreetsNovember 14, 2020

Egypt’s Mo Salah Tests Positive for COVID-19

Noran Alaa MorsiNovember 13, 2020

110,000 COVID-19 Cases Now Officially Recorded in Egypt

Egyptian StreetsNovember 13, 2020

Eight Peacekeepers Killed in Egypt Sinai Helicopter Crash

Egyptian StreetsNovember 12, 2020