CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

South Asia

Bangladesh / United Ashuganj-01/Ashuganj

Complainant
Affected residents of the vicinity of the Project
Date Filed
May 26, 2016
Concerns
Noise and air pollution, community health and safety
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Complaint 

IFC has an active project with United Ashuganj Energy Limited, a subsidiary of United Enterprises & Co. Ltd. The project consists of the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 195MW combined cycle reciprocating gas engine power plant in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria, approximately 90 km to the Northeast of Dhaka (the “Project”). 

 

CAO received a complaint filed on behalf of affected residents of the vicinity of the Project, alleging that the Project is causing air and noise pollution and subsequent health issues for residents. The complaint also raises concerns related to the management of hazardous waste. 

 

CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible in June 2016, and conducted an assessment to discuss options for addressing the complaint with the relevant parties. During the assessment process, the complainants and the IFC client expressed their willingness to engage in a voluntary dispute resolution process facilitated by CAO.

 

Status

As a result of CAO’s dispute resolution process, the parties reached an agreement to address the issues of concern raised in the complaint. A joint statement released by the parties is available at the link below, in English and Bangla.

 

CAO is currently monitoring implementation of the agreement.  


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 gauge whether it is possible to address the concerns in a collaborative process. 

 

Status as of February 23, 2017

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
United Ashuganj Energy Ltd 33479
Department
Infrastructure
Company
United Ashuganj Energy Ltd
Sector
Gas- thermal power generation
Region
South Asia
Country
Bangladesh
Environmental Category
A
Commitment
Debt US $20.5 million

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: Completed
  • Facilitating Settlement: Completed
  • Monitoring/Close-out: In Process

Compliance