Egypt will now use Satellite to monitor the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The project which has been making little progress due to internal wrangles between the countries will be, upon completion, the largest dam project in Africa.
Egypt launched the satellite early this month to monitor Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam by capturing high quality photos of the construction site along with other areas of the Nile.
According to Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences vice president Alaa El-din El-Nahry, Egypt wants to track the entire process of constructing the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Currently the dam is only 30 percent complete.The hydroelectric dam is capable of producing 6,000 megawatts of energy when complete.
Egypt believes the dam will hugely impact its share of the Nile, the country’s main source of water.
El-Nahry said the satellite will be operational in mid-June after a two-month test period. It will track the dam’s height, storage capacity and water discharge.
It will also monitor the Kongo River basin to assess the effectiveness of a proposed project to link the Kongo and Nile rivers, El-Nahry said.
Egyptian officials said the satellite will be a reliable source of information which will be used in case it must resort to international arbitration over any violations in the dam’s stated purpose of electricity generation, El-Nahry said, according to Al-Ahram’s daily Arabic newspaper.
Last year, Ethiopia and five other Nile-basin countries – Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi – endorsed the Co-operative Framework Agreement, which replaces a 1929 treaty granting Egypt veto power over any project on the Nile in upstream countries.