In East Africa, Ethiopia’s minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Motuma Mekasa, said that construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will commence, as there is no valid reason for the process to be paused, the Construction Review Online reported.
Differences over Renaissance Dam
Earlier this year, Egypt and Sudan engaged in talks with the Ethiopia over the potential impact that the dam could have on the countries overall water security and its dependent industries.
[quote]Egypt voiced concern around the dam being used for irrigation in Ethiopia, resulting in diminished downstream supply. However, Ethiopia maintained that there are no other agendas except to generate power, the Sudan Tribune reported at the time.
Mekasa told media that the delay on talks was as a result of the differences between the three countries on the consultancy firms that would take technical and feasibility studies of the project, the Construction Review Online reported.
Driving the project forward
According to media, French companies Artelia, a European engineering, consulting and project management firm, and consulting firm, BRL, will be responsible for the dam impact studies and Corbett & Co will manage the committee’s legal activities.
“Ethiopia says it is ready to give Sudan and Egypt the priority in the sale of the electricity produced by the dam at competitive rates for the benefit of the peoples of the region,” The Construction Review Online reported.
In earlier reports, ESI reported that the $4.2 billion project, which has already absorbed $2.2 million, has made progress as it is reported that about 4 million cubic meters of concrete has so far been poured for the 1,780m long and 145m high dam.
The hydropower plant project is anticipated to generate 6,000MW of electricity upon completion.