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Further Reports Criticise Saros FRSU Project

Further reports criticise Saros FRSU project

Istanbul, Turkey (PortSEurope) April 6, 2021 – The construction of the FSRU Port and Pipeline Project of BOTAŞ between Gökçetepe and Sazlıdere villages in Edirne’s Keşan district continues despite recent reports which are highly critical of the project. the reports highlight environmental and scientific concerns. The resistance of Saros volunteers, Keşan City Council and the people of the region continues against the company, which continues
to cause ecological damage in the region, despite the expert team’s determination of the damage that the project will cause to the region. After the issues raised once again by the third expert report submitted to the Edirne Administrative Court, now the citizen’s eyes are on the court’s decision. In July last year, BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS), the state-owned crude oil and natural gas pipelines and trading company, issued a tender for the construction of a dock, measuring station and transit pipeline for a new FSRU LNG import terminal on the Gulf of Saros. Its proposed location is between the villages of SazlıDere and Gökçetepe in Keşan district, Edirne Province, a western Turkish province located in East Thrace, in the westernmost part of the country.Keşan City Council President Hasan Karagöz said, “Despite the report prepared by the expert, the company continues to pillage as there is no decision to stay execution. Irrecoverable damages are inflicted. This plunder will also be prevented with the decision to suspend the execution. The court committee is expected to convene and make a decision in the coming days. We have three lawsuits regarding this plunder. We have not lost our faith”. Underlining that a legally important point has been reached in the struggle in Saros, the lawyer of the case Bülent Kaçar used the following statements: “We have three cases regarding Saros. Two of them are for the cancellation of the Environment Impact Assessment report (EIA) decision, and the other is for the annulment of the master zoning plan. In all three cases, we expect suspension of execution or even direct cancellation. After this decision is made, all kinds of work carried out by the company in the region should stop. We, as Saros volunteers, have been waiting for this decision for years. We believe that our cases are justified. We expect Edirne Administrative Court to decide on suspension of execution or even direct cancellation of our EIA and master zoning plan cancellation cases”. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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