MICI-BID-EC-2018-0131

Program for the Reconstruction of Electricity Infrastructure in Areas Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador

Country: Ecuador

Reception date: April, 20 2018

Current Status: Open

Requesters:

Residents of 8 communities in the province of Manabí, Ecuador.

Summary of the Request

The Request raises a series of harms related to the Program, specifically related to the relocation of the electric sub transmission lines, among which are:

- Health impacts caused by the radiation generated by the lines, since they would be relocated to an inappropriate distance from highly traveled roads.

- Impacts to the Requesters’ living conditions as they claim that there could be a possible economic impact caused by investors withdrawing from the tourist areas because of the new line location.

- Environmental impact because the sub transmission line could affect the birds that fly between the coastal area and the mountains in the area.

- Poor risk assessment since the lines would be placed in high-risk areas where there could be landslides caused by seismic events, in addition to limiting tsunami and earthquake evacuation routes.

- Additionally, the Requesters allege that the project did not carry out adequate public consultations and socialization of the program impacts prior to the start of the construction work.

Recent actions

On July 9th, 2021 MICI submitted to the Board of Executive Directors the Second Monitoring Report. The Report was distributed to the Board, for information, on July 23rd, 2021.

Past actions

On April 27, 2018, MICI notified the Requesters and Bank Management that the Request was registered.

On May 30, 2018, after the period established for Management’s Response, the Project Team requested that MICI suspend the process for Eligibility determination (paragraphs 21 and 23.C of the MICI Policy), to make corrections to the project. Management's request includes an Action Plan and Schedule to carry out different activities, among which are the creation of an environmental and social evaluation, the socialization of documents with relevant information about the Project, and a public hearing with the interested parties.

The Director of the MICI granted Management the period of suspension of the process for Eligibility determination, for 45 working days, which ended on August 2, 2018.

MICI requested an extension to the eligibility process, which ended on October 17, 2018.

On October 17,2018, MICI determined that the Request was eligible as it met all the eligibility criteria established in its Policy.

This eligibility determination is not an assessment of the merits of the Request or of the topics presented therein. It also does not represent an approval to investigate in order to determine the compliance or non-compliance of the Bank with its Relevant Operational Policies.

On December 14, 2018 MICI issued the Consultation Phase Assessment Report, finding that the Parties demonstrated the will to initiate a dialogue process. With this action, the Consultation Phase process begins.

On April 17th, 2019, the Third Dialogue Session facilitated by MICI took place, and the Parties reached an Agreement during that Session.

On June 19th, 2019, the Consultation Phase Report, including the Agreement reached and the Monitoring Plan, was distributed to the Board of Executive Directors for their consideration by short procedure. With the approval of the Monitoring Plan by the Board on June 26, 2019 the Monitoring Stage began. 

On July 7th, 2020 MICI submitted, for information, the First Monitoring Report to the Board of Executive Directors.

Project Number:

EC-L1219


Environmental Category:

B


Project Name:

Program for the Reconstruction of Electricity Infrastructure in Areas Affected by the Earthquake in Ecuador


Sector:

ENERGY


Project Type:

Loan Operation


IDB Financing:

USD 60,000,000


Registration
Registered
Eligibility
Eligible
Assessment
Consultation Process
Monitoring
Recommendation for a CR and ToRs
Investigation
CR Report
Monitoring

Registration

Consultation Phase (CP)

Compliance Review Phase (CRP)

Chronology and documents

Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents
Registry

24506

Request Receipt

2018-04-20

Requests of a confidential nature are not published.

24508

Notice of Registration

2018-04-27

5 business days from the date of receipt of the Request or 15 business days when further information is required from the Requesters.
Elegibility

24509

Management Response

2018-05-30

21 business days from the date of notice of registration. The response will be published as an annex to the Eligibility Memorandum.

24511

Eligibility Process Suspension

2018-08-02

45 business days after Management Response is received.

24513

Eligibility due date

2018-10-17

21 business days from the date of receipt of Management Response or 45 business days after the Suspension is granted.

24515

Eligibility Memorandum Public Disclosure

2018-11-01

As per the Access to Information Policy (OP-102) the disclosure of this document is done simultaneous to its distribution to the Board of Executive Directors.
Consultation phase
Assessment

25125

Deadline for Assessment

2018-12-14

25126

Assessment Report Public Disclosure

2019-01-02

Consultation Phase Process

26533

Consultation Phase Process deadline

2019-11-01

12 calendar months from the date of issuance of the Assessment Report.

26534

Consideration by the Board of Executive Directors of the Consultation Phase Report

2019-06-19

Start date of Board consideration by short procedure.

26107

Consultation Phase Report Public Disclosure

2019-06-27

Disclosure of this document takes place after Board consideration.
Monitoring

27242

First Annual Monitoring Report

2020-07-07

31019

Second Annual Monitoring Report

2021-07-23