African Development Bank to further examine social and environmental concerns on Sendou coal-fired power plant in Senegal
- May 12, 2017 3:01 am GMT
Independent experts will carry out further investigations to clarify issues raised by two groups of residents from the community of Bargny.
Both groups raised questions over government policy and the National Code of the Environment, and the potential vulnerability of communities and a heritage site to air pollution, coastal erosion and the disruption of livelihoods. The groups expressed concern over the level of public consultation which had taken place around the project, and over the Bank's environmental, social and human rights standards. In particular, they feared that no resettlement plan had been prepared to mitigate any potential negative social impacts of the project.
“Having received these complaints, which it takes extremely seriously, the Bank has decided to further investigate them,” said
“At the outset of the project, the Bank carried out in-depth due diligence, and registered many of these important elements in its environmental and social action plan for the project – a plan which is now being carried out by the company managing the project, Compagnie d'Electricité du Sénégal (CES).”
Guislain confirmed that the Bank will continue to follow up on issues raised, including concerns over the potential of disrupted livelihoods for women and other seasonal and temporary workers who dry and package fish, and at complaints over land plots that may have been reclaimed by Government without compensation.
“We last reported to the Board in
Working in close collaboration with the Bank, SENELEC and the Project Company CES proactively undertook several actions since the month of
The project was approved by the Board in 2009 at a cost of €206 million, which the Bank co-finances with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), the Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor
The project is being developed on a “build, own, and operate” basis and aims to supply up to 40% of
The coal will be imported via sea and unloaded at
The project includes the development, design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the 22-hectare site. Power production can be expanded to 250 MW through a second phase project, for which project preparation has not yet started. The project will also build a 1.6-km 225 kV transmission line and associated switchyard to connect the plant to SENELEC.
The project is located about 600 metres from the
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