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Engaging with our community early

 

As part of our environmental and social impact assessment for our greenfield investment in Myanmar, Sembcorp held stakeholder engagement sessions with the local community living within close proximity of our upcoming gas-fired power plant in the Myingyan district to understand and address their concerns.

Since 2015, we have held 27 sessions, some with as many as 91 attendees consisting of residents and workers from over 13 villages. We presented the development plan for our plant, which is expected to be completed in 2018, and gathered feedback from the local community.

Key issues raised include concerns over water intake and discharge, air and noise emissions as well as employment opportunities. These concerns were taken into consideration and environmental and social management plans were created to manage the impact of our construction and operations. These plans included establishing proper water intake and discharge points along the Ayeyarwady River to ensure no groundwater was extracted and ensuring air and noise emissions follow local regulations and standards set by the International Finance Corporation and / or the World Health Organization. 25% of the headcount for the plant’s construction workforce will be reserved for Myanmar nationals, and residents from the Myingyan community will be granted priority for employment during the plant’s operational phase.

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