CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Europe & Central Asia

Georgia / Trans-Anatolian Pipeline-01/Vale

Former worker at ENKA
Date Filed
March 29, 2017
Working conditions, health and safety conditions
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman



MIGA is actively considering providing a guarantee to the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) against non-honoring of sovereign financial obligations for a loan of up to USD 750M in respect of SGC’s investment in the Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) in Georgia. According to MIGA, the project consists of the construction and operation of the pipeline, a part of the Southern Gas Corridor value chain, which aims to transport natural gas from Shah Deniz Gas Field in Azerbaijan to Turkey and Europe. The project will allow Azerbaijan to exploit the natural gas extracted under phase 2 of Shah Deniz and will facilitate the tripling of its gas exports, as well as extend their geographical reach. MIGA indicates that the Shah Deniz gas field and the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline (through Azerbaijan and Georgia) are considered associated facilities to TANAP. MIGA determined that TANAP had no operational control or leverage over the Shah Deniz gas field and the expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline, and therefore that MIGA’s E&S requirements would not be extended to cover these facilities (as per the MIGA Environment and Social Review Summary).


A complaint was filed to CAO by a former worker of ENKA INSAAT VE SANAYI AS (ENKA), the subcontractor operating at the Vale site of the South Caucasus Pipeline in Georgia, an associated facility to the TANAP project. The complainant was employed by ENKA from June 2016 to January 2017. The complaint raises concerns with regards to the working conditions at the Vale site in Georgia, especially health and safety conditions applied by ENKA. 


CAO Action

On the basis that MIGA considers the South Caucasus Pipeline to be an associated facility to TANAP, CAO found the complaint eligible for assessment in April 2017.



An assessment of the issues raised in the complaint is underway with the relevant parties. 


Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints.  Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.


Status as of September 13, 2017

Project information

Project Name & Number
Trans-Anatolian Pipeline 13661
Southern Gas Corridor (SGC)
Oil, Gas and Mining
Europe & Central Asia
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey
Environmental Category
$950 million

Case Tracker


  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process