Wednesday 05 June 2013 : 10:54 AM
Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Bahaa El-Din on Tuesday said that Ethiopia’s planned Grand Renaissance Dam project was sure to negatively affect the electricity-generating capacity of Egypt’s High Dam.
At a meeting between electricity ministry officials and members of Egypt’s Shura Council (the upper house of parliament), Bahaa El-Din asserted that the Ethiopian dam – especially during periods of water scarcity – would lead to a “disaster” for Egypt, Al-Ahram’s Arabic-language news website reported.
The Grand Renaissance Dam project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, which has voiced fears that the project – if completed – could negatively impact Egypt’s supply of Nile water.
“We will not allow anyone to touch Egypt’s share of Nile water, which is a matter of life and death for Egypt,” said Bahaa El-Din, going on to stress Egypt’s lack of alternative water resources.
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