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Egypt building huge water treatment plant amid supply concerns

AFP  |  Cairo 

is building a major treatment and plant, the said today, as the Nile-dependent nation plans for any fallout from an upstream dam being built by

The North African country is constructing "the largest and plant", Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said live on state television.

"We are only doing what we need to do so we can solve a potential problem," he added, speaking during the inauguration of infrastructure and housing projects.

While Sisi did not elaborate, fears its supply will be affected by being built on the Blue

relies almost totally on the for irrigation and drinking water, and says it has "historic rights" to the river, guaranteed by treaties from 1929 and 1959.

argues that the treaties grant it 87 per cent of the Nile's flow, as well as the power to veto upstream projects.

The Blue and the White tributaries converge in Sudan's capital and from there run north through Egypt to the

"We will not allow a problem to materialise in Egypt. Water must be secured for everyone," Sisi said today.

He did not give further details about the size of the Egyptian water plant or its planned output.

"In order to use water efficiently, we are building a plant. We are aware (of every eventuality) and are prepared" to face them, he added.

visited in December for discussions on the controversial

It is designed to feed a hydroelectric project that would produce 6,000 megawatts of power -- the equivalent of six nuclear-powered plants.

began building the dam in 2012 and initially expected to commission it in 2017.

Ethiopian say that only about 60 per cent of the construction has taken place.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:30 IST