Lawsuit Against El Salvador for Investment in LAGEO

The Italian consortium Enel has filed a case against the Salvadoran State with the ICSID over a dispute on equity interest in the geothermal plant.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The case was filed with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The lawsuit, according to the company, is due to the government trying to be more involved in LaGeo, and also because they believe they have been denied their legitimate rights.

Moreover, Enel fears losing the concession for the exploitation of geothermal resources, and that the government "could declare it null and leave its continuation up to the Legislative Assembly," noted an article in Elsalvador.com.

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