Egypt issues strong objection to $4.3bn hydro project

The building of Africa’s largest hydropower plant is being keenly contested by the Egyptian government.

President Mohamed Morsi has used very emotive language to demonstrate the Egyptian government’s resistance to the construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.

The Egyptians contend that the dam being proposed for the project will negatively impact on the Nile and subsequent water supply and farming in their country

President, Mohamed Morsi, promised to "defend each drop of Nile water with our blood" and other senior Egyptian politicians called for the dam's destruction.

A spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister said on Tuesday that Morsi's speech was irresponsible and that the project would proceed as planned.

"Nothing is going to stop the Renaissance Dam. Not a threat will stop it," Getachew Reda told the Guardian. "None of the concerns the Egyptian politicians are making are supported by science. Some of them border on what I would characterise as fortune-telling."

Of course we are going to go ahead with the project, because we believe we are justified," Reda added. "Why would a self-respecting government spend $4.5bn simply to spite Egypt? It's beyond reason and it's beyond science. None of the concerns of the Egyptians [are] really something you can remotely associate yourself with."
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