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Egypt rejects Ethiopia dam storage capacity

Egypt’s irrigation ministry says the current capacity of the Renaissance Dam will negatively affect its water share
millenniumdam-1024x713Egypt has objected to the storage capacity of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, which it fears will negatively affect its Nile water share.
Alaa Yassin, spokesperson on the Ethiopia dam issue for Egypt’s irrigation ministry, called for decreasing the dam’s capacity, currently set at 74 billion cubic metres, saying this will have an adverse effect on Egypt’s water supply.
Yassin stated, according to state news agency MENA on Sunday, that his country’s “studies” on the dam have shown that the capacity is “unjustified” and “technically unacceptable.”
In October, Ethiopia said it had completed 40 percent of the construction necessary for its $4.2 billion dam project, adding that the first stage of the dam will be operational from June 2015. The 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa’s largest, is expected to be completed by 2017.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have created a tripartite committee to conduct negotiations on the dam, a source of concern for Egypt.
Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, the Nile’s most significant tributary, supplying most of its water
The committee is expected to meet mid-January to choose an international firm to conduct studies on the dam’s impact. This meeting has been postponed twice while some firms have withdrawn from the pool of prospective candidates to conduct the study.
In previous statements, Egyptian officials have said that there are several technical issues that could be discussed with Ethiopia should the anticipated report reveal that the dam will diminish Egypt’s water supply.
Egypt will likely need an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current 55 billion cubic metre quota, to meet the water needs of a projected population of 150 million, according to Egypt’s National Planning Institute.
Source: english.ahram.org.eg

4 Comments

  1. Egypt is audaciously asking Ethiopia to reduce its water holding capacity at the new Renaissance dam being built in country. The reason given is its population will reach 150 million in 2015 and will require ADDITIONAL 21billion cubic meters(BCM) of water by 2015.
    First, it already claims a quota of 55BCM which the British have allocated themselves as colonizers of bot SUDAN & EGYPT at the time. To which ETHIOPIA is not a party.
    Second Ethiopia is more populous than Egypt at the moment. This could mean Ethiopia’s population could reach at least 200 million by 2050.
    Third Egypt already pours BILLIONS CUBIC METERS of water into the Mediterranean sea and to evaporation.
    So dear Egyptian leaders, be wise and:
    1 – Think of Population Control
    2 – Think of using every drop of the precious Nile water.(The world has developed a technology of recycling waste water into potable water.
    3 – Think of Using the water from both seas surrounding you.
    4 – Be grateful to Ethiopia for letting you use that much water for all the past time.
    5 – Stop thinking that Ethiopia should stay underdeveloped and denied peace, so that Egypt could keep using the water of the Nile none judiciously.
    Last, but not least your main agenda should be bared. YOU ARE DAIENING FOR THE ETHIOPIAN FERTILE SOIL CARRIED TO YOU WHICH YOU WIPE AND MIXE WITH THE DESERT SAND AND USE TO GROW YOUR CROPS AND BUILD YOUR CITIES. The typical example being the farms and cities developed left and right of the Nile from Cairo to Port Said.
    Thank God for what you have and work hard to make maximum use of it than asking Ethiopia to forsake the rights and privileges of the Ethiopian People. We Ethiopians have the FIRST and BIRTH wright to the NILE WATER. Period! All the rest comes next.
    Stop beating around the bush ! WE ETHIOPIANS ARE THE PARENTS OF THE NILE & YOU AND THE SUDANESE ARE CHILDREN OF THE NILE.

  2. Hear Yi ! Hear Yi ! Egypt is audaciously asking Ethiopia to reduce its water holding capacity at the new Renaissance dam being built in country. The reason given is its population will reach 150 million in 2050 and will require ADDITIONAL 21billion cubic meters(BCM) of water by 2050.
    First, it already claims a quota of 55BCM which the British have allocated themselves as colonizers of both SUDAN & EGYPT at the time. To which ETHIOPIA is not a party.
    Second Ethiopia is more populous than Egypt at the moment. This could mean Ethiopia’s population could reach at least 200 million by 2050.
    Third Egypt already pours BILLIONS CUBIC METERS of water into the Mediterranean sea and to evaporation.
    So dear Egyptian leaders, be wise and:
    1 – Think of Population Control
    2 – Think of using every drop of the precious Nile water.(The world has developed a technology of recycling waste water into potable water.
    3 – Think of Using the water from both seas surrounding you.
    4 – Be grateful to Ethiopia for letting you use that much water for all the past time.
    5 – Stop thinking that Ethiopia should stay underdeveloped and denied peace, so that Egypt could keep using the water of the Nile none judiciously.
    Last, but not least your main agenda should be bared. YOU ARE DIEING FOR THE ETHIOPIAN FERTILE SOIL CARRIED TO YOU WHICH YOU WIPE AND MIXE WITH THE DESERT SAND AND USE TO GROW YOUR CROPS AND BUILD YOUR CITIES. The typical example being the farms and cities developed left and right of the Nile from Cairo to Port Said.
    Thank God ! for what you have and work hard to make maximum use of it than asking Ethiopia to forsake the rights and privileges of the Ethiopian People. We Ethiopians have the FIRST and BIRTH wright to the NILE WATER. Period ! All the rest comes next.
    Stop beating around the bush ! WE ETHIOPIANS ARE THE PARENTS OF THE NILE & YOU AND THE SUDANESE ARE CHILDREN OF THE NILE.

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