Egypt: Benban Solar-01

Date Filed
08 Jun 2022
Status
Open
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Egypt, Arab Republic of

Case Tracker

Eligibility
June 08, 2022-July 22, 2022
Eligibility
Assessment
July 23, 2022-February 01, 2023
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
February 01, 2023-April 23, 2024
Monitoring
Status as of April 20, 2024
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Monitoring (DISPUTE RESOLUTION)
Status as of April 20, 2024

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Sixty-two security guards employed by Benban Solar Park. 

Concerns

Labor issues and working conditions 

Cross-Cutting Issues
Labor

Project Information

Region
Africa
Institution
IFC/MIGA
Name & Number
Benban Solar Park Projects - 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

$225 million Equity

Synopsis

Project Overview

The Benban Solar Park is a 36-square-kilometer area composed of 32 operational energy-generating power plants operated by different companies near the village of Benban in Egypt. IFC provided a debt package of $225 million, which supports the construction of 13 of the 41 solar power plants that form the Benban Solar Park. MIGA has 12 active guarantees for projects in the Benban Solar Park.

Complaint

In June 2022, CAO received a complaint submitted by sixty-two security guards employed by Benban Solar Park, raising concerns related to poor working conditions, specifically regarding the quality of food provided, insufficient water, lack of working electricity generators despite warm temperatures, lack of air conditioning on buses used for transportation, and compensation practices.

CAO Action

In June 2022, CAO found the complaint eligible and conducted an assessment. During the CAO’s assessment process, the complainants and the Benban Solar Park representatives resolved one of the issues raised in the complaint and agreed to engage in a voluntary CAO dispute resolution process to address the remaining concerns. In accordance with the CAO Policy, the case was transferred to CAO’s Dispute Resolution function. During the dispute resolution process, the parties resolved the issues and signed an agreement.

In accordance with the CAO Policy, the case is now in dispute resolution monitoring.

The Assessment Report is available in English and Arabic.

Status

The dispute resolution process is in monitoring.

Status as of May 28, 2024

Case Documents

  • Assessment

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