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Turkey dam project back to haunt Kurds

Author: Laura Smith-Spark, BBC, Published on: 5 August 2006

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to attend an inauguration ceremony for the proposed Ilisu dam on Saturday, despite continuing concerns over its impact on people living in the area...opponents believe it will devastate the area's environment and cultural heritage, as well as displacing more than 50,000 people... opponents say little has changed since questions over planning and legal issues caused the project's financial backing to collapse four years ago. British construction firm Balfour Beatty and Swiss bank UBS, part of the European-Turkish consortium involved, pulled out amid international concerns about the project's social and environmental impact. A new consortium has now been formed, headed by Austrian firm VA Tech Hydro, but its applications for export credit guarantees from the Austrian, Swiss and German governments have not yet been decided.

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Related companies: Balfour Beatty UBS VA Tech Hydro (part of Andritz)