ENKA Renewables, which should have built a Namakhvani HPP project, has terminated the contract with Georgia, ENKA Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. said in a statement.
“Our 90%-owned subsidiary ENKA Renewables LLC has notified the State of Georgia to terminate the Build-Operate Agreement that had been signed with the Georgian State within the scope of the development, construction, ownership and operation of the Namakhvani Cascade HEPP Project in Georgia on April 25, 2019, for long-standing breaches of contract and force majeure,” the statement reads.
Turkish company ENKA gained the right to develop, build, own and operate the Namakhvani HPP project in 2017. The protests against the HPP construction began in western Georgia over ten months ago. Following the negotiations with the initiative group of the public movement For Rioni Gorge Rescue at mediation of the EU Energy Union, the Georgian government suspended the construction for 9 to 12 months for the environmental, geological, and seismological surveys. Last week, the protesters announced to quit the mediation negotiations.