IFC Launches Lessons of Experience on BTC and Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Projects

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has launched two new Lessons of Experience publications on “The BTC Pipeline Project” and “External Monitoring of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project.” The publications provide key environmental and social lessons and good practices for the benefit of staff, clients, and the wider private sector.

The sharing of project experience is an exemplary approach to risk management, it is excellent to see the IFC sharing their findings and contributing to the development of Good Practice in this way.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline Project:
The BTC pipeline is 1,760km long and runs from Azerbaijan through Georgia to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. At the time of its commencement, BTC was the largest crossborder infrastructure construction project in the world. The project faced a wide variety of complex and often difficult environmental and social challenges. Financing was agreed in February 2004 after more than two years of appraisal of the potential environmental and social impacts. Construction was completed in late 2005 and export from the new terminal in Ceyhan commenced in June 2006.
While it is impossible to capture all the challenges and complexities encountered during the design and construction phase of the BTC project, this publication focuses on six thematic areas where environmental and social lessons learned were thought to be most valuable and applicable to other IFC-financed projects.

External Monitoring of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project
The Chad-Cameroon pipeline project is a US$3.5 billion development of an oil field in Chad by a consortium headed by ExxonMobil, and a 1,070 km long pipeline extending through Chad and Cameroon to the Atlantic coast. The External Compliance Monitoring Group (ECMG), funded and logistically supported by the Consortium, serves as the team responsible for auditing the implementation of the Consortium’s environmental and social commitments for this project. “External Monitoring of the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project: Lessons of Experience” provides lenders and project sponsors with an understanding of the business case for employing an external monitor, as well practical advice regarding the major steps and key issues for designing, implementing, and operating an external monitoring mechanism for complex projects. To highlight the practical challenges and value of the external monitoring mechanism, the publication draws illustrative examples from the experiences of IFC during the Chad-Cameroon pipeline Project.
PDF files can be downloaded at: http://www.ifc.org/enviropublications

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