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Russian energy firm Inter RAO demands $175m from Government of Georgia

Thursday, August 10
A Russian energy firm, Inter RAO, has launched a new dispute against the Government of Georgia.

As the Russian news agency Commersant reports, Inter RAO structures, the Netherlands-incorporated Silk Road Holding B.V. and Gardabani Holdings B.V is seeking compensation for losses worth $175 million stemming from Georgia's currency devaluation.

Inter RAO claims the loss was due to a refusal to raise energy tariffs when the Georgian national currency, the Lari, was devaluated.

The company bought Georgia’s two hydro-power plants, Khrami-1 and Khrami-2, in 2011. Inter RAO also owns a 75 percent stake in the Telasi electricity distribution company, which serves the capital Tbilisi.

The Inter RAO structures are registered in the Netherlands and are protected by a Georgia-Netherlands agreement on mutual protection of investments.

The new dispute was applied to the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Earlier in June, Inter RAO began arbitration proceedings in Stockholm against Georgia over electricity tariffs. The company demanded to raise the electricity tariffs and claimed compensation of $125 million. (