CAIRO, October 28. / TASS /. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to resume talks on the Blue Nile Renaissance Dam project almost three months after the talks ended, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said.
The agreement was reached during a video conference of irrigation ministers from the three countries on Tuesday. It was held at the initiative of the current President of the African Union, South Africa and was awakened by MPs from the United States, the European Union and the African Union.
“During the meeting, Egypt reaffirmed the importance of reaching a legally binding agreement on the principles of filling [the reservoir] with water and using the dam. “The document will protect the common interests of the three countries and fulfill their request for water,” the Egyptian ministry said in a statement.
The parties agreed that Sudan, which will chair the new round of talks, would hold a week-long consultation during which the parties would focus on reviewing the final agreement. The exact date of the talks has yet to be announced.
Cairo announced the suspension of the talks on August 4, citing the controversial stance of Addis Ababa.
Since 2011, Ethiopia has been implementing a project to build a renaissance dam on the Blue Nile. The dam is set to become the largest in Africa, consisting of 15 hydraulic units on a radial axis. The capacity of the hydropower plant will be 5,250 MW. Addis Ababa intends to put it into operation in the period 2022-2023. The cost of the project is $ 4.6 billion. The implementation of this huge project will enable Ethiopia to supply the country with electricity and to export to neighboring countries. Egypt and Sudan suspect the project could cause the river to drop in water levels, affect fair water distribution and even cause drought.