SECTEUR ENERGETIQUE : CT Power obtient gain de cause
 
L’affaire CT Power, dont le projet de construction d’une centrale électrique au charbon de 100 MW à Pointe-aux-Caves, Albion est relancée à la lumière d’un jugement de la Cour suprême, comprenant les juges Ah Foon Cheong et Rita Teeluck ce jeudi. Ces dernières ont donné gain de cause à CT Power face au gouvernement, qui avait rejeté l’année dernière le projet soumis à l’approbation des autorités depuis 2006. Cette décision constitue un sérieux revers pour les autorités, notamment les ministères des Utilités publiques, et des Finances et également le Central Electricity Board (CEB). Avec des consultations engagées en fin de semaine au niveau du State Law Office le gouvernement pourrait décider de faire appel contre ce jugement.
Dans les attendus du jugement lu par la juge Cheong, la Cour suprême souligne que « “ we declare that the reasons invoked by respondent no. 1 in its affidavits on record to hold that condition 15 of the EIA licence has not been satisfied are unreasonable, irrational and in breach of the legitimate expectation of the applicant. We also declare that the reasons invoked by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities not to sign the Implementation Agreement are misconceived, unreasonable and irrational and in breach of the legitimate expectation of the applicant”. Elles ajoutent que ““ the rejection of the Letter of Comfort was in breach of the legitimate expection of CT Power that it would be treated fairly and be given an opportunity to answer the objections of the Ministry of Finance.”
Auparavant, après analyse des faits, les juges avancent que « CT Power does have such legitimate expectation. We say so because in our view, by holding meetings with CT Power in January 2015, both the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Energy were representing that they were in the process of resolving how best would condition 15 be satisfied by CT Power. Assuming even if the stand of the Ministry of Finance – that the draft Letter of Comfort proposed after the meetings of 15 and 16 January 2015 was a final one – is right, fairness would require that CT Power be informed why the Letter of Comfort from Avendus did not satisfy the requirements and be given an opportunity to justify why in its view, it did so.”