CEZ reconnects power to Albanian water utilities after court order

CEZ has complied with the ruling of a court in the Albanian capital Tirana to reconnect electricity supplies to the country’s state-owned water utilities, which owe the Czech power giant 38 million euros, a spokesperson said. The company had disconnected the water utilities on Friday after negotiations had failed to retrieve the debt. The move had put some petrol stations out of action and led to a cut in the supply of water to households and firms. Albanian police on Saturday forced CEZ employees to reconnect the power supply. CEZ has not ruled out taking the issue to a court of arbitration if the debt is not settled.

Author: Ian Willoughby