EL-SEN has suspended its plan for an indefinite strike following talks with the government which concluded positively with a signed agreement.
Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy made a statement on the issue and said: “KIB-TEK is an indispensable, strategic institution for the Turkish Cypriot people and will continue to serve the public in the right way as demonstrated yesterday. Our government does not and cannot stand against investments in KIB-TEK’s ability to produce power.”
Taçoy said that no one should doubt that all the necessary investments, needs, financial opportunities and priorities needed for KIB-TEK to continue producing electricity will be evaluated.
At this stage, it is seen that KIB-TEK’s need for an investment in production is on the horizon if not today said Taçoy. He said that with the agreement signed by the parties acting to this end, it was decided to establish a committee to plan the investments in KIB-TEK for electricity production and to implement this at an unspecified date.
“The committee will decide which method will best meet the production needs and will complete these works within 45 days and start to work for the tender processes”, said Taçoy.
The energy minister said that the government’s debts to KIB-TEK and KIB-TEK’s debts to the state would be determined, to provide the necessary offsets or the necessary payments planned by the Ministry of Finance officials and EL-SEN officials are fully agreed.
The text of the agreement signed by the government and EL-SEN includes:
- Investment in four power plants is in progress.
- Planning for the future.
- The debts of the state and institutions are being collected.
- Technical personnel needed by the organisation are hired.
- Initiating a reduction in energy prices.