Peru’s Camisea project interrupted due to Shining Path activities

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Expansion work at the Kiteni stretch of the Camisea natural gas pipeline has been indefinitely suspended due to security problems, as a result of the presence of Shining Path remnants in the area.

Stoppage at the site was announced Monday by Transportadora de Gas del Perú.

“We have a project which is suspended due to this emergency security problem,” TGP said, according to Peru21.

>The work stoppage caused controversy when it was revealed that a group of contractors, who had been >held captive by Shining Path remnants last April, were let go by their employer, Skanska.

“[…] We had hired Skanska, and it is obvious that Skanska is no longer working in the area,” TGP said.

According to RPP, 12 Skanska employees are seeking a settlement with the firm, and are accusing the company of firing them without compensation.

"We want to reach an agreement for damages," former Skanska employee Juan Choque said.

Alan Cabanillas, a lawyer representing the fired employees, said TGP and Skanska had not paid for psychological treatment for the kidnapped workers, or their families.

“A week after being rescued the employees underwent a routine examination, physical and psychological, but nothing after that,” he said, according to RPP.

Cabanillas added that workers were let go weeks and months after the kidnapping, and that another group had resigned due to post-traumatic issues.

Expansion work at the Kiteni stretch of the Camisea natural gas pipeline has been indefinitely suspended due to security problems, as a result of the presence of Shining Path remnants in the area.

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