Georgia: BTC Pipeline-23/Tsemi

Date Filed
24 Jun 2005
Status
Closed
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Georgia

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Closed
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Assessment
Closed

Complaint Overview

Complainant

Resident of Tsemi

Cross-Cutting Issues
Community Health and Safety Land Resettlement Land

Project Information

Region
Europe & Central Asia
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Baku Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline 11251
Company
Baku Tiblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline
Sector
Mining, Oil, Gas and Chemicals
Department
Other
Category
A
Commitment

$125 million (A loan) $125 million (B loan)

Synopsis

Complaint

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil and gas pipeline is a 1,768 km long crude oil pipeline stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second longest oil pipeline in the world and passes through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. IFC has invested $250 million since 2003 and the total project cost is approximately $3.6 billion. The project is operated by BTC Co., which comprises a consortium of 11 partners. To date, CAO has received 33 complaints in relation to the project ranging from individuals to communities to local organizations. On June 24, 2005, CAO received a complaint from an individual alleging that his hay was damaged because of construction traffic and that during their assessment of the claim, BTC Co. took the sole copy of his land ownership documents and misplaced them.

CAO Action

The CAO accepted the complaint on August 25, 2005. BTC Co. rejected the allegation of damaged hay and was unwilling to engage with the complainant or CAO to resolve the dispute. The CAO made a series of inquiries in attempts to resolve the issue of land ownership documents, which BTC Co. says it has been unable to locate. CAO encouraged Green Alternative, the NGO representing the complainant, to pursue the matter with local government records offices and attempt to secure a copy of the land ownership documents.

Status

The CAO was unable to help the parties reach agreement on the issue of the complainant’s hay, and requested Green Alternative take responsibility for locating copies of the claimant’s documents in a local records office. The CAO closed the complaint in December 2006.