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Tirana Times: Government defies environmental concerns as Vjosa River HPP given final ok

The contract negotiations with a Turkish consortium over building a hydropower plant in the Vjosa River are finished. This goes against all the concerns brought forward by scientists and conservationists.

Tirana’s English language newspaper, Tirana Times, reports that the contract negations with a Turkish consortium over a 35-year concession to build and operate a hydropower plant in the Vjosa Valley are concluded. The Turkish investment will supposedly amount to 101 million Euros and produce an annual 305 million kWh.

This is not the outcome environmentalists hoped for. In February they staged a protest against these plans and demanded, that the regions should be declared as a national park.

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