Renaissance dam good for Egypt: Project manager

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Addis Ababa, 21 March 2014 (WIC) - Engineer Simegnew Bekele, Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam insists Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance dam will increase the flow of water to Egypt

The Grand Renaissance dam will not harm Ethiopia's "Egyptian brothers," its project manager has vowed.

Semegnew made the comment during a journalists' tour of the dam construction site in the country's Benishangul-Gumuz region, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

Attempting to allay Egyptian fears that the dam will reduce its annual share of Nile water, he stated the dam's turbines do not consume water and that the dam's reservoir will on the contrary provide more water to Egypt due to its projected role in decreasing evaporation levels.

Semegnew added that the dam would also help in regulating water for upstream states, such as Egypt and Sudan, and claimed it would increase water flow to extend the river's navigability.

Bekele told reporters the dam was being built with the utmost professionalism and responsibility and that Ethiopia was seasoned in undertaking such large-scale projects.

On 1 March, the Ethiopian government announced that 32 percent of construction had been completed.

Sudan voiced its support for the dam last December. (