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    Wind power contract cancelled in Oaxaca; French company, the affected company


    June 8, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      OAXACA, Oaxaca.

      The Ministry of Energy (Sener) cancelled the supply contract signed by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) with the French company Électricité de France (EDF), for the operation of the Gunaa Sicarú wind farm in the municipality of Unión Hidalgo, in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.

      The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project (ProDESC), which offers accompaniment to the Zapotec community, informed that Sener made its decision known during its appearance in the First District Court in the State, where the affected population has been in litigation for years regarding the construction of the wind farm.

      The CFE's supply contract signed with EDF, as well as the corresponding interconnection contract, was therefore null and void, he said.

      "With this determination, the indigenous consultation promoted by Sener itself was also suspended, because it has been left without subject matter," he added.

      FIVE YEARS OF STRATEGIC LITIGATION

      The Zapotec community of Unión Hidalgo, or Ranchu Gubiña, as it is also known, initiated in 2017 a legal process in the face of serious violations to their rights and failures in the identification of risks and implementation of protection measures in the development of the wind energy park.

      In different forums, the villagers exposed how the French company EDF signed contracts and agreements, developed parallel information and communication processes, as well as contributed to the rupture of the social fabric in the Zapotec community, affecting the prior, free and informed nature of the consultation developed for the project.

      The transnational company intended to illegally install the Gunaa Sicarú wind farm on communal lands to build 115 wind turbines with a total capacity of 300 MW, "one of the largest in Latin America".

      He mentioned that this project contemplated the construction of a substation, a 230 KV transmission line and internal roads in a polygon of 79 hectares belonging to Unión Hidalgo.

      Previous information on the case

      • Last Sunday, May 29, Excelsior published the position of the Federation of SUD-Énergie Unions in demanding that the company Électricité de France (EDF) put an end to its expansionism against the interests of the Zapotec community of Unión Hidalgo, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in other parts of the world.
      • In a letter addressed to the president of the French company, Jean-Bernard Lévy, and signed by its representatives, Anne Debregeas and Jérôme Schmitt, the French trade union maintained that EDF, like any other company, cannot monopolize the means of energy production outside France.
      • The French trade association urged investors to base their business on cooperation in the service of the populations and not on financial expansionism, sometimes described as "energy colonialism" by local communities.

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