(SeeNews) - Aug 28, 2014 - The governments of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed yesterday to conduct studies on the potential impact of a 6-GW hydropower plant (HPP) project on Cairo’s water supply.
The assessment involves the USD-4.2-billion (EUR 3.18bn) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam that is currently being built on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on Wednesday. The three involved parties agreed to set up a committee with four experts from each country that will carry out two additional studies regarding the dam’s hydrological, social and environmental effects. International consultants will also take part by providing technical opinions.
The studies will be completed in six months, starting from September 1, and will not affect the construction timetable of the HPP.
Ethiopia started building the 6-GW hydropower complex in 2013, attracting considerable opposition from Egypt and Sudan on fears that the construction of any HPPs on the river might reduce water supply. Ethiopia aims to switch on the plant in July 2017. The main contractor on the project is Italian firm Salini Costruttori.
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