Egypt: Benban Solar-03

Date Filed
15 Jun 2022
Status
Closed
Phase
Assessment
Country
Egypt, Arab Republic of

Case Tracker

Eligibility
June 15, 2022-July 22, 2022
Eligibility
Assessment
July 23, 2022-February 01, 2023
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Assessment
July 23, 2022-February 01, 2023

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Eleven former security guards of SWAT Company at the Benban Solar Park

Concerns

Labor issues related to hiring practices, compensation, and intimidation to prevent employees from filing complaints or raising their grievances.

Cross-Cutting Issues
Labor

Project Information

Region
Africa
Institution
IFC/MIGA
Name & Number
Benban Solar Park (IFC Project Numbers: 37251, 37633, 40386, 40390, 37636, 37637, 39728, 37580, 40019, 37713, 37591, 39995, 39997, 39729 and MIGA Project Numbers #14043, 14059, 14080, 14516, 14517, 14518, 14519, 14520, 14521, 13956
Company
Benban Solar Park
Sector
Infrastructure
Department
Infrastructure
Category
B
Commitment

From IFC, $225 million. 

Synopsis

Project Overview

The Benban Solar Park is a 36 square-kilometer area composed of 32 operational energy-generating power plants that are operated by different companies near the village of Benban in Egypt.

IFC leads a consortium of nine international banks, providing a debt package totaling $653 million—of which $225 million will be financed by IFC. Thiscapital supports for the construction of 14 of the 41 solar power plants that make up the Benban Solar Park.

MIGA has 12 active guarantees for projects in the Benban Solar Park. Of these 12 projects, three are financed by the IFC-led consortium, and nine by a consortium led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Complaint

The complaint, which was received on June 15, 2022, raised concerns about labor issues related to hiring practices, compensation, and intimidation to prevent employees from filing complaints or raising grievances.

CAO Action

CAO received the complaint on June 15, 2022, and found it eligible for assessment on July 22, 2022. During the assessment process, the complainant and the Benban Solar Park representatives resolved the issues raised in the complaint through direct engagement. In accordance with the CAO Policy, the case will now be closed.

The assessment report is available in English and Arabic in the "Case Documents" section below. 

Status

Case closed after assessment.

Note: The CAO assessment process does not entail a judgment on the merits of the complaint; rather, it seeks to understand the facts and empower those involved to make informed decisions on how to address the issues raised. 

Status as of February 01, 2023 

Case Documents

  • Assessment

    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt Benban 03
    Feb 01, 2023
    English
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt Benban 03
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt Benban 03 (Arabic)
    Feb 01, 2023
    Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt Benban 03 (Arabic)