South Sudan dam will not affect Egypt: Minister

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hossam Moghazy said he discussed with South Sudanese Minister of Electricity and Dams Jemma Nunu Kumba setting a date for a workshop to review economic feasibility studies over the Waw Dam.
The workshop will take place next month in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.
In remarks on Sunday upon meeting with minister Kumba and the escorting delegation, Moghazy said that the dam will provide required water, agriculture and electricity to South Sudan people at the areas neighboring to it. He denied the presence of any negative impacts on Egypt. The dam’s storage capacity does not exceed two billion cubic meters.
Once the studies are over, South Sudan will start for sources of funding to construct the dam, he added, saying that the dam is ‘multi-purpose’ and Egypt considers it an important project of technical cooperation help the country save electric energy.
Other small agriculture projects will be carried out on the water from the dam throughout the year, Moghazy said. Fisheries will be established at Waw city. This form of cooperation comes within government’s attention to contribute to construction of infrastructure in South Sudan.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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