Ethiopia will neither redesign dam project nor increase water outlets – Official


Ethiopia has explained to representatives of Egypt and Sudan on the adequacy of the two outlets of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam being built on the River Nile in letting water freely flow to the two downstream countries, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity said on Friday.
According to Bizuneh Tolcha, Public Relations Director at the Ministry, Ethiopia will neither redesign the dam project nor increase the number of outlets that allow water to flow to Sudan and Egypt.

The experts’ team drawn from the three countries discussed the matter based on decisions passed in Khartoum, Sudan and in Addis Ababa.

The decision to have only two openings came after extensive studies and before the actual launching of the mega project, Bizuneh said.

The experts’ team will present outcome of the meeting to their respective countries with further discussions expected in the future.

During the Khartoum meeting, Egypt requested Ethiopia to raise the number of openings to four which attracted further explanation from Ethiopia.

But Sudan agreed on the number of water outlets which let water to downstream countries.

It is to be recalled that Ethiopia invited ministers, professionals and journalists from Egypt and Sudan to visit the construction site of the dam with a generous intention of creating transparency and cooperation.

Launched some five years ago, the construction work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has now reached over 50 per cent.