CCTV :Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan Sign Grand Dam Impact Assessment Deal
Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have signed an agreement which unanimously commissions two international companies to compile an impact assessment of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam. The French firms BRL and ARTELIA will study the water resource model. They will also report on the social and environmental impact of the dams construction. The result will be non-binding. The 6,000-megawatt Grand Renaissance Dam, situated close to Ethiopia's border with Sudan and being built by Italy's largest construction firm Salini Impregilo SpA, is due for completion next year. It has become a bone of contention between Ethiopia and Egypt, downstream from the dam and relying almost exclusively on the Nile for agricultural, industrial and domestic water use.