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Construction of Ethiopian Renaissance dam moving faster than dam talks: Egyptian irrigation minister

Ninth tripartite meeting between Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese officials is taking place in Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Nov 2015
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File photo: A general view shows construction activity on the Grand Renaissance dam in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz region March 16, 2014. Egypt fears the $4.7 billion dam, that the Horn of Africa nation is building on the Nile, will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people, who mostly live in the Nile valley and delta. Picture taken March 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters
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The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is going ahead at a faster pace than the talks on the dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazi said on Saturday.

"There is an extreme delay in achieving the road map we agreed upon in August 2014, compared to the construction rates of the Grand Renaissance Dam," said Moghazi at the opening session of the ninth tripartite meeting in Cairo.

The irrigation ministers and the tripartite national committee set up to look at the dam are meeting to continue attempts to resolve the conflicts between the foreign consultancy firms conducting studies related to the dam.

In September, Dutch consultancy firm Deltares withdrew from the assessment of the dam, saying that the conditions imposed by the tripartite national committee -- which includes representatives from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, as well as the French consultancy firm BRL -- did not provide sufficient guarantees to Deltares that an independent high-quality study could be carried out.

The future of negotiations has remained unclear after several postponed meetings in October.

According to the irrigation ministry, Egypt is suffering from a water deficit of 20 billion cubic metres, which it compensates for through water recycling, an inadvisable process in the long term.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, now under construction on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia and scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic metres of water.
 

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Niro
01-12-2015 12:41pm
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Intentional damage
It’s obvious that Ethiopia is building an immense dam at the expense of depriving and controlling the water flow to Sudan and Egypt. If Sudan accepts that is because their regime can really accept any deal even at the expense of the future of Sudan. We have been into the negotiations for long time and we are not against building the dam for the sake of our historical neighbors rather to assess it’s risks and its impact on Egypt. That’s a fair request. Isn’t it? I heard Ethiopian argue that Egypt is too week to fight for its right and Aswan dam is unprotected. We are here to say that the risks from the Renaissance dam will be eliminated and no country is capable of a targeting our dams.
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megahead
08-11-2015 09:41pm
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both poverty and bullets are killers,,we new genration ethiopian chose the later
egyptians politicnas are still fooling their ppl,,,egyptians are telling ethiopian to stay on poverty,,,egptians politinas think that upstream countries can be kneel down by bullet,,,dont forget we are upstream,,u know what i meant ,,,egptian politicians never have a long run stands n never tend to move accordingly ,,there is only one option for long term prosperouse life for both countries ,,just to work togethr for mutual benefit with out undermining one to another,,we ethiopian have choosen to die in dignity,,, we dont affraid of bullet n bomb,,,we ethiopian have decided not to die of poverty,,
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LiliEthio123
08-11-2015 01:32pm
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NIL IS MORE OYRS THAN YOU
There is A fire on the other side also. Just be wids and Trust each other and share the Nile that Ethiopia has been generous so far to let her people suffer and lets the Egyptians benefit from her soil and water of her ouwn land. Try to be reasonable instead of being Sulfish. Do you ever think to drink clean water fron Nile if you ever try to harm or bomb US?????? Think at least once if not twice. God is our Witness. God bless all and lets work togethe for the benifit of our sisterly Countries and the People just try to be Wise.Before God change the WATER OF NIL INTO Blood because,of your negative thought?????
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Niro
01-12-2015 12:56pm
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It's not your Nile
Ethiopia was very generous letting Nile water flowing to it’s neighbors!! It’s not your Nile and no one else’s Nile. You are free to live in welfare and prosperity but not at the expense of others.
LM
09-11-2015 05:58pm
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Really Mario?
Your comment shows that you have no knowledge of what's going on. What do you have against Ethiopia? The dam is not to block or divert water, but to generate electricity. A hydro dam is not used to change the course of a river. Sudan endorses the dam. If the dam was meant to divert water from Egypt, wouldn't it do the same to Sudan?
Mario
09-11-2015 04:54pm
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Yeah really generous
Yeah Ethiopia is really generous by building a damn to block water going to millions of people in North Africa, yeah thats real generous there. The Nile doesnt belong to ethiopia, it runs through at least 5 countries in Africa not only Ethiopia. Egypt has every right to fight for the Nile and so as the other countries that will be denied Water because of Ethiopia.
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the KHAZARS are NOT HEBREWS ,BUT TURKS
08-11-2015 05:15am
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fight for nile
The only solution is to bomb the dam as an important structure of the KHAZARS which are financed it. This is about to FIGHT FOR WATER because it means CONTROL and MONEY.We need our NILE BACK!
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solomon kidane
09-11-2015 11:58pm
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the Answer of the bad thought is worst
people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. i hopo u understand what i mean exactly
Zeinu
09-11-2015 03:35am
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Negotiation
Take your bluff some where else. Ethiopia is capable of protecting itself at any cost.
Boudions are assholes
08-11-2015 09:37pm
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Terrorist
1. The project is 100% financed by Ethiopians.
Sam Enslow
08-11-2015 10:25am
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Terrible suggestion
It is very unwise for any Egyptian to suggest the bombing of dams. Anyone notice that rather big dam in Aswan. One need only crack the outer shell and then wait for water to destroy Egypt.
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Biz
08-11-2015 12:43am
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No way except negotiation
The Ethiopian Gvt stand was crystal clear and based on the firm stand on the implementation of declaration of principles. The implementation of the dam will never halt for a second as Millions of Ethiopians are eagerly waiting the day to day status of the GRD progress. The grievance of a Detch firm can be resolved by looking at the conditions stated on the tripartite contractual agreement entered at the beigining and nothing to do with the progress of the dam.The early propoganda of 20billion metric losses from the Egyptian minstir side is a baseless assumption has no relation with the resolving dispute raised among firms.
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Biz
08-11-2015 12:43am
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No way except negotiation
The Ethiopian Gvt stand was crystal clear and based on the firm stand on the implementation of declaration of principles. The implementation of the dam will never halt for a second as Millions of Ethiopians are eagerly waiting the day to day status of the GRD progress. The grievance of a Detch firm can be resolved by looking at the conditions stated on the tripartite contractual agreement entered at the beigining and nothing to do with the progress of the dam.The early propoganda of 20billion metric losses from the Egyptian minstir side is a baseless assumption has no relation with the resolving dispute raised among firms.
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mezgebe
07-11-2015 05:34pm
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better way
SHARING THE BENEFIT OF THE DAM IS THE BETTER WAY INSTEAD OF OPPOSING THE DAM.
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