Egypt: Benban Solar-04

Date Filed
24 Jun 2022
Status
Open
Phase
Assessment
Country
Egypt, Arab Republic of

Case Tracker

Eligibility
June 24, 2022-July 25, 2022
Eligibility
Assessment
July 26, 2022-January 30, 2023
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
Status as of January 30, 2023
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Mediation (DISPUTE RESOLUTION)
Status as of January 30, 2023

Complaint Overview

Complainant

A community member from the village of Benban, Egypt.

Concerns

Lack of a development plan for the surrounding communities.

Cross-Cutting Issues
Community Health and Safety Labor

Project Information

Region
Africa
Institution
IFC/MIGA
Name & Number
Benban Solar Park Project - 37633, 40386, 40390, 37636, 37637, 39728, 37580, 40019, 37713, 37591, 39995, 39997, 39729 (IFC) 14043, 14059, 14080, 14516, 14517, 14518, 14519, 14520, 14521, 13956, 13952, 13971 (MIGA)
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 is financed by IFC. This capital supports the construction of 13 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

On June 24, 2022, CAO received a complaint from a school teacher from a village in Benban, Egypt. The teacher alleged that the representatives of the Benban Solar Park project had visited villages in Benban and promised to provide development plans for the villages, but no plan had been communicated, and no consultation with the community had taken place.

CAO found the complaint eligible in July 2022 and completed the assessment process in January 2023.

CAO Action

During the assessment process, the complainant and the Benban Solar Park representatives expressed an interest in engaging in a CAO dispute resolution process to address the issues raised in the complaint. In accordance with the CAO Policy, the case will now be handled by CAO’s Dispute Resolution function.

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

Status

The dispute resolution process is ongoing. 

January 30, 2023

Case Documents

  • Assessment

    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt: Benban Solar 04
    Jan 30, 2023
    English
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt: Benban Solar 04
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt: Benban Solar 04 - Arabic
    Jan 30, 2023
    Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ
    CAO Assessment Report - Egypt: Benban Solar 04 - Arabic