Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said that participants in the tripartite ministerial meeting held in Cairoto discuss
a preliminary studies report on the regional impact of the Grand Ethiopian
Renaissance dam have failed to reach a consenus, state-run MENA news agency reported.
ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia reported on planned studies on the dam’s potential impact of the two countries.
studies will be carried out by two French firms proposed to begin in late 2016.
but require an agreement on methods from the three governments before they can begin.
The minister added that Egypt approved of the initial report on Sunday,
though Ethiopia and Sudan demanded major amendments to the proposed studies.
Egypt has previously expressed concern over ongoing delays in the approval of
the technical studies given that Ethiopia is continuing the construction the dam.
slated for completion this year.6,000-megawatt Grand Renaissance Dam,
situated near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan.
Ethiopia hopes it will be able to export electricity generated by the dam,
which upon completion will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.
Egypt, however, has expressed concerns that the dam might reduce its share of Nile water.
Ethiopia maintains that the dam will not have any negative impact on Egypt or Sudan.