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Description: Complaint raises concerns about impacts on plant or animal species in the natural environment.

Complaints with this Issue: 134

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Community health and safety

Description: Complaint raises concerns related to public health and safety including incidents of or an increase in accidents, release of hazardous materials, and spread of diseases. Concerns related to retaliation and/or violence are not included.

Complaints with this Issue: 359

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Consultation and disclosure

Description: Complaint raises concerns regarding inadequate or absent consultation about or disclosure of project information, including project impacts and/or mitigation plans.

Complaints with this Issue: 526

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Due diligence

Description: Complaint raises concerns about inadequate or absent prior investigation of project impacts.

Complaints with this Issue: 482

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Description: Complaint raises concerns regarding environmental impacts that do not refer specifically to water, pollution, or biodiversity.

Complaints with this Issue: 387

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Description: Project relates to energy access, legal frameworks regarding the energy sector, and development and operation of energy infrastructure, including power generation and electric and gas distribution and storage. Projects specifically related to the extraction of oil and gas are not included.

Complaints in this Sector: 343

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Description: Project relates to construction or improvement of large structures, facilities, or public works projects. Examples include roads and other transportation projects, sanitation and water treatment facilities, power plants, and industrial facilities.

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Name: Nuweiba Power Plant Project

Investments: EIB


Support: Loans

Country: Egypt


IAM: Complaints Mechanism (CM)

ID: SG/E/2009/05

Date Filed: May 19, 2009

Date Closed: April 27, 2010

Status: Closed With Outputs


The complaint at stake concerned the environmental and social impact of a project for the construction of a 750MWe natural gas-fired combined-cycle power generation plant in Nuweiba, Egypt, 200 km north of Sharm-el-Sheik on the west cost of South Sinai, Aqaba Golf. The project promoter was the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC). Since 19 May 2009, the Complaints Mechanism received 24 different complaints challenging the Environmental and Social aspects of the Project, coming from managers/owners of hotels, scuba diving centres, beach side camp owners, citizens of Nuweiba, local NGO, tourist operators, resident EU citizens and from local communities including the 2 major Bedouin tribes of the area. An on-line petition to the Egyptian government to stop the Project raised more than 2.300 signatures. Allegations: Lack of proper public consultation, no proper consideration given to local economy, tourist resources and local communities, no proper consideration given to preservation of local biodiversity and marine habitats.

Complaint Stages


May 19, 2009



Start Date: May 19, 2009


May 19, 2009 -

June 8, 2009


Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: May 19, 2009

End Date: June 8, 2009


June 8, 2009 -

Aug. 1, 2009


Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: June 8, 2009

End Date: Aug. 1, 2009

Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution


Explanation: Unknown

Compliance Review

Aug. 1, 2009 -

April 1, 2010

Compliance Review

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: Aug. 1, 2009

End Date: April 1, 2010

Has Compliance Report: Yes

Non-Compliance Found: Yes


Not Undertaken


April 27, 2010