Ethiopia, Eqypt and Sudan have agreed to set up a committee to carry out additional studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

At the recent 4th Tripartite Ministerial Meeting, the countries agreed that a committee comprising four experts from each country will carry out two additional studies recommended by an international panel of experts.

According to reports from All Africa, the studies will cover a Water Resources/Hydropower System Simulation Model and a Transboundary Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment.

The studies are expected to be carried out over the next six months.

The 6000MW project is being built on the River Abbay (the Blue Nile) and will feature Africa’s largest dam – a 1.8km long RCC structure. It was previously named the Millenium scheme. The project will feature 16 x 375MW turbines.