Egypt funds first of several dams in South Sudan

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River Nile, South Sudan ....

River Nile, South Sudan ….

Feb 25, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Egypt is funding new dam in South Sudan with 2bn cubic metres of water storage capacity, a first of several dams to follow, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

In spite of disputes over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam over claims of affecting its water share, Egypt is building the dam in Wau, the capital of the Western Bahr el-Ghazal State in South Sudan.

The dams will be small, not affecting Egypt’s water share at all, said head of the Sudan and Nile Basin Studies Program at Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies Hany Raslan.

The dam is being built to help with the infrastructure and developmental bases of South Sudan, providing drinking water to about 500,000 people in Wau, as well as enough irrigation water to grow 30,000 feddans. The Wau dam will also contribute to the regularity of river navigation throughout the year, reported Al-Ahram.

South Sudan has a huge amount of excess water, 500bn cubic meters per year. The water is usually wasted in the formation of swamps, forests, and the Nile flower. Egypt is helping South Sudan utilise this water through building dams and marines, Raslan said.

The Egyptian  Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation held a launching conference in Wau on Wednesday.

The dam is located 12 km away from Wau city. Egyptian water experts have been to the dam site to conduct the studies required for its establishment.

This comes within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to continue the implementation of technical cooperation projects with South Sudan.

Egypt has granted South Sudan $26.6m based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries.

On the other hand, Ethiopia began constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011. Since then, Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic dispute, which reached a peak in 2013. Egypt, which utilises more Nile water than any other country, fears the dispute will have a detrimental effect on its share of the river’s water.

As per the 1929 and 1959 agreements, Egypt receives 55.5bn cubic metres of the estimated total 84bn cubic metres of Nile water produced each year, with Sudan receiving 18.5bn cubic metres. 86% of the Nile water flowing into Egypt originates from the Blue Nile, which has its source in Ethiopia. The White Nile, which flows through South Sudan, accounts the remaining water share.

Egypt rejected in early January the GERD’s current high storage capacity, at74bn cubic metres, as studies showed it will affect Egypt’s national water security.

Following President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to the African Union summit in late January, a committee was formed between Ethiopia and Egypt’s foreign ministries, specifically for addressing water issues.

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  5 comments for “Egypt funds first of several dams in South Sudan

  1. bothkueth
    February 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

    This dam is part of egypt gov,t involveme nt to south Sudan crisis this last year for that reason no for Egypt to build dam in our country we have right to make irregation purposes and other sustainable development.fake agreement between Egypt and dictatorship leader dinka salva kiir fregime his due protect him to be
    remaine power for the coming year no more wau and no Egypt.

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  2. Mary Pal
    February 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This government of Kiir’s they are confusing for real they are looking for ways to finishing Nuer, but they don’t know one day the sweet thing will run out of their hands.

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  3. February 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    To invite the Egyptians in order to build dams in south Sudan,means you know nothing about Egyptian tricks and interests in the Nile valley. Dating back to the signing of the Nile treaty with the British, the Egyptians claimed the Lion share of the Nile waters,without any regards for countries downstream. If you remember the digging of the Jonglei canal, which became a major political embarassement of Abel Alier,was to drain the waters of the Nile from the Sudd region. Major ecological damage would have occurred, in terms of the levels of rainfall,fisheries and game animals would have migrated to neighboring countries in search water and grass. Therefore, to invite the Egyptians for Dam construction, means giving them the will to drain the Nile and it’s tributaries for their irigation purposes in the western deserts of Egypt and Sinai desert. The governor of western Bahr El ghazal was probably educated in Egypt and given Egyptian scholarship,to sell the waters of South Sudan, under the pretext of dam construction. Please mark this as a red flag.

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  4. February 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Killer Kiir connected himself with Egypt and Ethiopia. Two big Empties countries who are seeking for food and water every where. Kiir son married a Egyptian girl and his daughter got fake married by Ethiopian man. This Dam is not going to work at all. soon Salva Kiir will be a story or he will move to Uganda where her boyfriend live. Let join the war young men, Kiir need force not talking for peace.

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    • February 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      I absolutely agree with your view about this scavenger beggar Egyptians – they have no goodwill for South Sudan except begging for donation money exploiting our weak condition that have been designed by killer-kir-m7- regime. They said this project will create 10000 jobs, but I have doubt about the honesty of this fake goodwill.

      This new Egyptian trick is just like what the East African illuminatis are currently already doing in South Sudan towns – making money in South Sudan and taking it all back to their countries to boost their beggar economies.

      Currently our country does not benefit from all those fake EAC investments.

      http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/egypt-south-sudan-launch-international-fundraising-campaign-wau-dam

      I have a feeling this project will never take off because The SPLM-IO are hauling Kirr’s regime in the next 4 months, so that we will have in place our Permanent Constitution that will legislate against and vet all kinds of fake-looking, parasitic foreign investments that aim to harm our beloved young nation.

      Donot be afraid because I am sure Ngundeng, Jesus, and beloved Jehovah (DengTathe) will surely protect us from these Illuminati Criminals.

      Let us all condemn Salva Kir for inviting all these Egyptian Parasitic Thieves into the already bleeding young nation in the false name of development!

      “F” THOSE eGYpTIAN canabalistic LEECHES!!!

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