Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed last Monday in a Khartoum ceremony involving the 3 heads of states concerned on a project of a dam on the River Nile .

Ethiopia, is the source of the Blue Nile that joins the White Nile in Khartoum before running through and finishing its life in the Egyptian Mediterranean Sea.

Egypt, literally lives off the waters of the Nile River for farming, for its industrial and potable water supplies, requested that the upstream river flow would in no way be affected.

And as a first measure aimed at easing  tensions between the adjoining countries, leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a cooperation accord this Monday for the development of giant dam on a major tributary of the Nile.  So far no details of this agreement were made public but the leaders reiterated their common wish to see this “declaration of principles” go further towards full diplomatic cooperation on the Grand Renaissance Dam.

Egyptian and Ethiopian leaders reaffirmed that the only way is forward for the benefit of all, and above all for the power hungry region.  In effect, the 6000 MW dam to be built by a European contracting company, is believed to generate sufficient power for all of the neighbouring regions urban, agricultural and industrial developments.

 Will Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam dry the Nile in Egypt?

The BBC of 22 March 2014 article asked such question…

Ethiopia is pressing ahead with construction of a major new dam on the River Nile, despite stiff opposition from Egypt. BBC correspondents in both countries report from both sides of an increasingly bitter water dispute.

By Emmanuel Igunza, Ethiopia

A vast section of northern Ethiopia has been turned into a giant building site.

Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (known as Gerd) is now about 30% complete.

The whole project spans an area of 1,800 sq km (695 sq miles).   Further reading is at the BBC website.