Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to conduct further studies on what impact a hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River will have on downstream countries, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said.
Ethiopia also assured Egypt that the Grand Ethiopian
Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia is being
built in a way that will address Egypt’s water-security
concerns, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said at a
joint press conference with Amr today in Addis Ababa, the
“We are embarking on a period of mutual cooperation,” Amr
said. “We’re looking to the future and I think the future will
be very good for both of us.”
Ethiopia is building the $4.3 billion, 6,000-megawatt dam
about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Sudanese border. The
facility is set to be Africa’s largest hydropower plant when it
is completed in 2017. Ethiopia is the source of 86 percent of
the water that flows into the Nile, the world’s longest
waterway, which Egypt relies on for almost all its water.