World Bulletin / News Desk
The electro-mechanical provider of a major Ethiopian dam on Thursday signed a consultancy service agreement with Addis Ababa University (AAU)'s engineering department.
"We're confident that AAU engineers will discharge their responsibilities with high-quality professionalism," Simegnew Bekele, chief engineer of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam project, said at the signing ceremony.
He said the consultancy contract covered electro-mechanical, hydro-mechanical and other civil works.
Ethiopia's state-owned Metals and Engineering Company, one of the contactors involved in the dam's construction, provides steel products for the diversion of the course of the River Nile and filling the dam.
The first phase of the contract is worth two million Ethiopian Birr (roughly $104,000).
The Ethiopian dam project – currently under construction on the Nile's upper reaches – has raised tension with Egypt, which fears a reduction of its traditional share of river water.
Water distribution among Nile Basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era agreement granting Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of Nile water.
Ethiopia, for its part, is determined to build a series of dams on the river to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.
Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated.Last Mod: 21 Şubat 2014, 11:43