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The company violates the court decision, the 'suspended' HPPs in Valbona sell energy to OSHEE
The Supreme Court ordered the suspension of works for two HPPs to be built in the Valbona valley. But despite the court decision, the works have not been stopped.
EURACTIV reports that in violation of the court decision to suspend the works, in addition to the fact that their construction continues, these two hydropower plants in Valbona have sold energy to OSHEE. Residents have repeatedly protested demanding the termination and suspension of the project, in a protected area.
The decision taken by the High Court in July 2021 states that all licenses and permits for HPP projects have been suspended, meaning that any operation of the plants is illegal, until the end of the trial in the Administrative Court. Residents are challenging the validity of the concession contract and litigation is ongoing. Therefore, the validity of the Supreme Court decision remains in force for the foreseeable future.
According to data obtained by BIRN, in December alone, five months after being shut down, the two HPPs sold 5,648 MWh of electricity to a company that is part of OSHEE.
On the other hand, OSHEE itself stated that it was not aware that the Supreme Court had decided to suspend the works, while not only the court decision, but the whole dynamics of the battle for HPPs in Valbona, has become more public in the media.
The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said that it is the responsibility of the Tropoja Bailiff's Office to inform the institutions. Tropoja bailiff Eduart Mrishaj said that the plaintiffs, including the director of TOKA, Catherine Bohne, had not made an official denunciation in his office.
A Gener2 spokesman told EURACTIV that the water passing through the power plants did not produce electricity and therefore, they complied with the rules. They have not explained how they managed to sell the energy to OSHEE if the power plants do not produce electricity.