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Offers to study Ethiopia's dam expected mid-December

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were expected to consider international firm offers to conduct studies on the Grand Renaissance Dam Thursday, but several firms requested an extension

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Dec 2014
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Ethiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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The period for receiving offers from international firms to conduct studies on the impact of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam has been extended to mid-December.

Advisor to Egypt's irrigation minister, Alaa Yassin, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website Wednesday that some firms — originally expected to make their offers late November — requested an extension.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia had selected seven international firms in October to prepare technical and financial offers in order to choose one to conduct studies on Ethiopia's dam.

The firms were from Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland and Australia.

A tripartite committee was expected to hold a meeting Thursday in Khartoum to study the offers and then choose a firm in Addis Ababa on 16 December.

The firm's report — based on study to be conducted over five months — will include the dam's impact on upstream Nile countries Egypt and Sudan, as well as its environmental, social and economic effects.

Cairo is concerned that Ethiopia's $4.2 billion dam project, which the Ethiopian government says is now 40 percent complete, could have an adverse effect on its water supply.

Relations between the two countries have been tense as a result. However, recent diplomatic efforts appear to have improved bilateral communication.

Several visits and meetings have taken place across the three countries in the past few months.

Egypt said that there are several technical issues that could be discussed with Ethiopia should the technical report conclude that the dam might negatively affect Egypt.

Egypt will likely need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current 55 billion cubic metre quota, to meet the water needs of a projected population of 150 million, according to Egypt's National Planning Institute.

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menelik
06-12-2014 05:45am
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Ocean Distillation
@Aladdin,Alex have you heard ocean distillation? Egypt can start ocean distillation very soon and get the money from Saudi, Dubai and Kuwait. Nile water will not be enough for 150 million Egyptians. All the other African countries will use Nile water and there population will increase. Climate change will decrease the Nile river flow also. So, the solution is to start Ocean distillation in Egypt now.
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ALI
06-12-2014 03:22am
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life saving dam GERD
Keep building ethiopia,do not stop for a second ,SUDAN the country most ENDANGERED by any catastrophe at GERD is already satisfied by itz construction...no need to baby-cry when you are sorounded by red sea,suez canal and....
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Aladdin, Alex
04-12-2014 10:26am
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Better Alternative
YES! There is better technology that will generate power without building hydro-dam. It take innovation and open mind approach that is missing in those "Experts". Did you hear about Fluid Mechanics? Probably NOT. Tahya Misr.
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Ahmed
04-12-2014 06:02am
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Nasir
Additional 21 Billion cubic meter water. Where is its source?
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Mohammed Yasir
14-12-2014 09:56am
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Day time dream
Egyptian politicians are still in their dreams. The Africans have humane
Aladdin, Alex
04-12-2014 10:19am
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Global Warming
Tropical rain has been increasing proprtionally due to global warming.
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