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Spain Gas Network Expansion II

Issues

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: 451

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Displacement (physical and/or economic)

Description: Complaint raises concerns about physical relocation, loss of shelter, and/or loss of assets that relate to income or livelihood.

Complaints with this Issue: 371

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Due diligence

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

Complaints with this Issue: 429

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Environmental

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

Complaints with this Issue: 320

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Sectors

Energy

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: 289

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Extractives (oil, gas, mining)

Description: Project relates to the extractive industries, including oil, gas, and mining. Examples may include mines, drilling operations, pipelines, and the associated legal frameworks.

Complaints in this Sector: 198

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Infrastructure

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.

Complaints in this Sector: 741

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Project

Name: Spain Gas Network Expansion II

Investments: EIB 20170397

Client: Redexis Gas SA

Support: Loans

Country: Spain

Complaint

IAM: Complaints Mechanism (CM)

ID: SG/E/2018/16

Date Filed: July 12, 2018

Date Closed: Sept. 19, 2019

Status: Closed Without Outputs

Description

Between 7 February and 2 March 2018, the Bank received 10 complaints of similar or exact content relating to the promotor’s expansion into newly licensed areas of the Canary Islands. The complaints, in sum, make a number of allegations of non-compliance with EIB policy and its objectives, particularly as relate to EIB assessment and due diligence of the proposed financing: Allegations concerning EIB/EU objectives and principles, particularly as relate to energy and climate mitigation The complainants allege the project contravenes international agreement obligations for the mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHG) signed by the EU or by the EIB. They claim this substantively undermines EIB’s policy priorities and objectives, particularly its fight against climate change. In addition, the complainants allege the project fails to comply with EU regional energy policy, specifically in relation to the outermost regions. They assert that this policy strongly prioritizes clean energy with emphasis on the reduction or replacement of fossil fuel consumption. See section 2.1.1. The complainants allege EIB failed to fulfil its responsibilities to ensure compliance with EFSI principles in connection with the financing. See section 2.1.2. Allegations concerning the economic, environmental and social viability of the project The complainants believe the project lacks long-term vision and fails to consider wider environmental and economic sustainability factors in a number of respects. Firstly, the complainants allege that the assessment of GHG emissions was limited in scope, failing to consider emissions inherently associated with components of the LNG value chain (i.e. extraction, processing, transport and distribution). Secondly, they contend that renewable energy alternatives were not considered by the EIB in the context of the Canary Islands. The complainants consider EIB's investment to be counterproductive and to undermine global efforts to reduce carbon footprint. Thirdly, the complainants claim the due diligence process failed to evaluate consumer demand in the Canary Islands. They raise concerns about the potential cost to end-users and, in the second instance, impact on public finances resulting from the tariff deficit. See section 2.2. The complainants contend that the promotor failed to adequately consult public and private sector stakeholders in order to ascertain the degree of community support for the project.

Complaint Stages

Filing

July 12, 2018

Filing

Status:

Start Date: July 12, 2018

Registration

July 12, 2018 -

Feb. 21, 2019

Registration

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: July 12, 2018

End Date: Feb. 21, 2019

Eligibility

Feb. 21, 2019 -

May 13, 2019

Eligibility

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: Feb. 21, 2019

End Date: May 13, 2019

Dispute Resolution

Not Undertaken

Dispute Resolution

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Not offered by mechanism, Dispute resolution was not an option in this case

Compliance Review

May 13, 2019 -

Sept. 20, 2019

Compliance Review

Status: Closed Without Output

Explanation: Funding and/or consideration ended

Has Compliance Report: No

Non-Compliance Found: No

Monitoring

Not Undertaken

Monitoring

Status: Not Undertaken

Explanation: Case closed in earlier stage

Closed

Sept. 19, 2019

Timeline