The scandal around the Czech company Liglass Trading is gaining momentum. The journalists of 24.kg news agency reproduced the entire chronicle of doubtful investment story as of today.
How small hydropower plants were sold
The possibility of construction of small hydropower plants was for the first time discussed in the government after a meeting with Czech companies in November 2015. Then representatives of GEEN General Energy a.s came to
Later, in 2016, Prime Minister Temir Sariev said that 16 small hydropower stations would be built in
Soon it became clear who will build them: the Czechs. Two energy companies from the
In March 2016, it became known that the Cabinet was going to announce a tender for the construction of small hydropower stations. However, investors left earlier than all the disputed issues were resolved. Czech companies abandoned the project, and the Ministry of Economics explained it by the fact that there were others willing to invest in the project.
The business, however, had its own views on the reasons for the failure of the project. They believe that all the difficulties are incurred in the process of allocating land for future stations.
By October 2016, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported that it had almost prepared a provision on holding a tender for small HPPs. The head of the department Duishenbek Zilaliev stated that he was ready to personally be responsible for the successful implementation.
Soon, representatives of
The process was launched only at the end of March 2017, when Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov approved the regulation on the tender for the right to build small hydropower stations.
And already in May, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use announced a tender for the construction of small hydropower stations. The deputies of Parliament spoke out against the announced contest. According to Kurmankul Zulushev, the decision contradicts the law on electrical energy industry. Many people by themselves buy land to build small power plants there. Recently, a mini-hydropower plant for 3 megawatts was built in Kemin. And then the officials decided to set up small hydropower plants for a tender.
Its first stage was held on June 15. During the tender commission meeting, at the opening of the documents, it was found out that six companies filed applications for 11 cross-sections. The scandalous Liglass Trading was among them. Two weeks later, on June 30, following the results of the second round of the tender, the Czech company was recognized the winner and was given the right to build ten out of eleven small hydropower stations.
What does it have to do with the cascade?
In January 2016, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed a bill on the denunciation of an agreement with
On August 10, 2016,
Almost a year later, during the state visit to
Everything fell into place in 10 days. Duishenbek Zilaliev signed a contract with Liglass Trading for the construction of ten small hydropower stations and two stations of the
There are some plans but no money
It would seem we have to rejoice. But civil activists and journalists suspected something wrong and began finding out. The Czech media also decided to find out who exactly hit such a jackpot. A scandal broke out.
It turned out that the company is very dubious; there is practically no money on its accounts. And Liglass Trading itself has never built any stations, but did a little of everything to earn for living.
From bad to worse, it turned out that the Foreign Affairs Ministry repeatedly warned the authorities that it is dangerous to cooperate with Liglass Trading. But officials ignored the appeal. They did not particularly worry even after the outbreak of the scandal. The same Duyshenbek Zilaliev urged to calm down and wait for the Czechs to pay everything and start construction.
Even representative of the firm Jiří Wojciechowski came to
Even President Almazbek Atambayev had to comment on the happenings. And the owner of Liglass Trading Michael Smelik said that everything was clean and transparent, and he himself had been for several years on the market. The Czech investor assured the press that he would certainly answer all questions on July 26. But he deceived. Michael Smelik did not hold the promised press conference.
Shareholders of the National Energy Holding should approve the agreement with Liglass Trading on the construction of two stations of the