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Volunteerism award? Not for Elektrownia Północ
2-1-2015

Volunteerism award? Not for Elektrownia Północ

On December 18th 2014, during the meeting of the town council in Pelplin, the Volunteerism Awards were awarded to the members of the local community. Surprisingly, among those nominated in the category ‘Community-friendly company’ was… Elektrownia Północ S. A. Fortunately, the common sense prevailed over the investor’s propaganda. The company did not get the award. Read more »

EP drops from investor’s priority list
20-11-2014

EP drops from investor’s priority list

The CEO of Polish Energy Partners (PEP) from the Polenergia group, which belongs to Kulczyk Investemnts – the investor of the Elektrownia Północ (Północ Power Plant), revealed its strategy for the next 2 years. According to the interview for bankier.pl, the coal-fired power plant is not among the company’s priorities which currently are wind and gas energy projects. Read more »

Elektrownia Północ to be sold?
14-11-2014

Elektrownia Północ to be sold?

The fate of Elektrownia Północ (Północ Power Plant) hangs in the balance. The owner of this investment – Poleneregia group – envisages selling it in 2016 after having obtained all the permits needed to execute this project. Meanwhile, the fact that manifest errors in the second EIA Report for building permit have been exposed makes it highly doubtful that this project will have got these documents in due time set by the investor. Read more »

Elektrownia Północ’s contractor is facing charges of fraud
20-10-2014

Elektrownia Północ’s contractor is facing charges of fraud

Ten people have been charged with fraud in relation to the Sostanj 6 power plant project in Slovenia, having caused a suspected 284 mln E in financial harm to electricity consumers. Although the Slovene police declined to provide any names, unofficial information obtained by the Slovene Press Agency (Slovenska tiskovna agencija) indicates that the company suspected of the fraud is Alstom, the main contractor for the Sostanj 6 project, who is also going to build the Elektrownia Północ. Read more »

UN Climate Summit – actions and words
24-9-2014

UN Climate Summit – actions and words

On September 23rd world leaders met at the UN Climate Summit in New York organized by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who asked them to present concrete declarations and proposals in order to galvanize and catalyze climate action and mobilize political will for a meaningful and binding legal agreement on climate protection in Paris in 2015. More than 125 world leaders participated in the Summit including the presidents: Barack Obama, François Hollande and David Cameron as well as Vice Premier of China Zhang Gaoli. Apart from prominent politicians, representatives of finance, business and civil society participated in the Summit. Among them was Ms. Diana Maciąga from the Stop Elektrownia Północ campaign. Read more »

Who will construct the Północ power plant

The French company Alstom has been chosen as the main contractor of the Północ power plant. Alstom is infamous for numerous scandals, including cases of corruption. The company and/or its staff has been found guilty of corruption offences in relation to at least seven other cases. Alstom has been under observation by the Norwegian Finance Ministry since 2011 after its Council on Ethics recommended in 2010 to exclude Alstom from the Government Pension Fund Global. Most recently, the UK Serious Fraud Office charged Alstom Network UK with paying around USD 8.5 million in bribes between 2000 and 2006 to win transport contracts in India, Poland and Tunisia. Scandals and unethical business practices did not escape the notice of the civil society. In 2013 Alstom was nominated for the ‘prestigious’ Public Eye Awards, or the ‘award of shame’, for the worst company of the year.
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