Uzbekistan: Zarafshan-04

Date Filed
07 Mar 2024
Status
Open
Phase
Assessment
Country
Uzbekistan

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Status as of May 21, 2024
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Assessment
Status as of May 21, 2024

Complaint Overview

Complainant

CEE Bankwatch Network on behalf of the complainants, who requested confidentiality.

Concerns

Biodiversity impacts include impacts on threatened bird species, a lack of cumulative impact assessment, effective impact mitigation measures, due diligence, and retaliation.

Cross-Cutting Issues
Biodiversity IFC/MIGA Due Diligence

Project Information

Region
Middle East, Central Asia & Türkiye, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
IFC Project Number: 44364
Company
Shamol Zarafshan Energy FE LLC, wholly owned by Masdar
Sector
Infrastructure
Category
A
Commitment

$USD 75 million A Loan

Synopsis

Project Overview

IFC has an active project consisting of the development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the 500MW Zarafshan wind power plant located in the Navoi region of Uzbekistan under the terms of a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan (NEGU), the state-owned single buyer and off-taker. The wind power plant will comprise of up to 111 wind turbine generators.

Complaint

In March 2024, CAO received a complaint submitted by CEE Bankwatch Network on behalf of confidential complainants, raising concerns about: (i) improper turbine placement near threatened bird species' nests; (ii) disregard for a comprehensive nest survey and lack of consultation with local communities or environmental experts; (iii) failure to assess cumulative impacts of other wind projects; (iv) insufficient information on potential impacts and mitigation measures in the ESIA; and (v) lack of due diligence.

CAO Action

In May 2024, CAO found the complaint eligible for assessment. The assessment process is now ongoing.

Status

The case is currently under assessment.

*Note: The CAO assessment process does not entail a judgment on the merits of the complaint,  rather, it seeks to understand the facts and empower those involved to make informed decisions on how to address the issues raised.

Status as of June 12, 2024 

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