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Ilisu construction restarted without permission
Turkey, Nov 13 2009
Construction work has restarted on the controversial Ilisu Dam in Turkey, despite the project lacking the appropriate permits. Work on the project had been stopped following the withdrawal of financial support by the export credit agencies (ECAs) of Switzerland, Austria and Germany earlier this year. The ECAs withdrew after Turkey failed to honour commitments to bring the project up to international standards.
The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, a regional coalition opposed to the project,
has now discovered that dozens of workers and many machines are have now
recommenced work in the vicinity of Ilisu village, without official permission
from Turkey's State Water Works (DSI). According to the Hasankeyf-Initiative,
the DSI sent a letter to the consortium which has the contract from the project
on 28nd October 2009 ordering it to stop the construction.
 In July 2009, the export credit agencies for Switzerland, Austria and Germany withdrew their guarantees for the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Powerplant Project in Turkey after protests of the affected region’s people and campaigns in West-Turkey and Europe. Immediately following this decision the three European Banks involved (Societe Generale, Bank of Austria and Dekabank) also cancelled their loans for the Ilisu Project. But the European companies of the Ilisu consortium – Andritz from Austria, Zueblin from Germany and Alstom from Switzerland – have not yet announced their withdrawal and the consortium continues to exist.
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