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Egypt presidency issues summary of tripartite report on Ethiopia dam

Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam project may adversely impact Egypt's ability to generate electricity and provide water for irrigation, presidency's summary contends

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jun 2013
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Boats travel in the Egyptian Nile River in Cairo May 28, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Egyptian presidency on Monday published a summary of a final report issued over the weekend by a tripartite commission – including Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian representatives – tasked with studying the potential impact on downstream states of Ethiopia's controversial Renaissance Dam project.

Despite Ethiopia's insistence that the project would not have an adverse impact on either Sudan or Egypt, the summary states, most studies conducted by Ethiopia have been insufficient or out of date.

The summary goes on to assert that Ethiopia had failed to conduct the necessary studies before building the dam, including one on the possible repercussions on the entire region in the event of the dam's collapse.

The summary also states that Ethiopia had failed to conduct the needed studies on the dam's potential environmental and social impact on downstream countries.

The ability of Egypt's High Dam to generate electricity, meanwhile, will likely be affected by the Ethiopian dam project, especially during the Nile's high and medium flood seasons, the summary contends.

Meanwhile, if the Renaissance Dam's reservoirs are full during drought periods, the presidency's summary goes on, this will lead to a drastically negative impact on Egypt's ability to generate electricity and provide water for irrigation.

The summary also highlights the negative environmental and social impacts that might come as a result of the dam's construction, including the negative impact on Ethiopia's ecosystem and Egyptian agriculture.

The summary goes on to describe Ethiopian reports on the dam's ostensible advantages for Egypt as undependable, since, the summary asserts, they were not based on extensive studies of the dam's various operational conditions or the Nile's hydrological system.

Last Sunday, Ethiopia's ministry of water and power, for its part, had stated that the Renaissance Dam's design was in line with international standards.

On the same day, Ethiopia's foreign ministry had stated that the tripartite report had shown that the dam project would "not greatly harm" Egyptian or Sudanese interests. 

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solomon
02-02-2016 06:29pm
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brhane
Is it faire to oppose the developement of one state on its own sources? actually the objection of egypt on the construction of the grand reinaisance dam is unexpectable from one state & not an indication of one recognized state in the world. this is also the expression of selfishness and self centerism.
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Mulugeta Amsalu
03-01-2014 09:16pm
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Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam project
Egypt politicians insists to look or create a negative side of the Dam. It is probably for internal politics to turn the attention of the Egyptians to an outside catastrophe looming like was done during Mr. Mursi. To my brothers and sisters in Egypt I would like to say that the Ethiopians would not have started to build the dam if it will harm Egypt. The fact is it will have a positive effect. And the Dam is going to be built and you will find out that all the noise by the Egyptian politicians was a nonsense.
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ahmed
05-06-2013 07:48am
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The Africa Vs.The Arab Dam.
We in Somalia are staunch supporters of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The Arabs want to use African water to produce and sell flowers to Europe and Ethiopia wants to feed it's people. Mr.Mursi go Arabia.
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getaw
04-06-2013 09:32am
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Showing interest in cooperation is not fearfulness
We Ethiopian try to express The Grand Renaissance dam will not affect on the actual water share of Egypt and Sudan.Don't full yourself as a master power in the region like your colonial master UK.The Grand Renaissance dam is an Ethiopian people project which is decided by the people.
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Sam Enslow
04-06-2013 08:11am
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Facts?
All discussions about this dam are based on rumors. Why not publish the report on the dam so people can read it. I have read reports that the dam could actually benefit Egypt by changing the way water flows into Lake Nasser? This "time released" flow will eliminate a lot of water evaporation and more water will be availabvle for actual use. Egypt has experts on this subject, apparently including the PM. Let Egypt have a FACT based discussion of this subject.
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Bila Bonso
04-06-2013 07:10am
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Head on collision
Clearly, Egypt and Ethiopia are headed for an inevitable collision. The underlying reason has less to do with the impacts of the dam on Egypt but more about domestic Egyptian politics. Egyptian opposition is trying to use the dam issue as a vehicle to bring down the Morsi Government. Morsi, on the other hand may be trying to use the same issue to revamp his image. Given these conditions, the net result may be an unavoidable collision with Ethiopia.
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David
03-06-2013 09:57pm
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Why is Egypt bullying africa?
Egypt should stop bullying africa. Egypt has many hydro dams on the nile river. But the source of the nile, ethiopia has ZERO dams on the nile river. Egypt should be condemned by international community for trying to block african development. I suggest egypt increase its tourism and oil revenue because after ethiopia, then uganda, kenya etc will also start using their nile share.
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Mahmoud
04-06-2013 11:46am
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Why is Europe and the rest of the world bullying africa?
Funny you should say that David. Not sure what country you're from but I'm willing to bet that your country is sucking Africa dry of its natural resources and robbing it's people of it's right to these resources or the money it generates. So spare us your judgement if it isnt going to be a fair and unbiased one.
gedle
04-06-2013 08:43am
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stop bullying
it is time cor Egypt to stop loughing at the femine stricken Ethiopians and start population control. at the same time Egyptians need to mellow down on their belligerence and bullying and foc us on a bipartisan collaborations and stop cease their paranoia of Ethiopian cconspiracy. the only way is cooperation and nog domination.
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