Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Colombo West International T (DFC-CWIT)

  • Sri Lanka
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
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Financial Institutions
  • US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Colombo West International Terminal Pvt. Limited
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Transport
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ DFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 5, 2023

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to the Bank’s website, the Project involves development of the West Container Terminal 1 (WCT1) site, which is located on the eastern side of the western breakwater, inside the existing Colombo Port. The WCT-1 terminal area will be reclaimed using approximately 15 million m3 of dredged sand from the approved Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) sand borrow area approximately 20 km northwest of the Colombo Port. The Project will also involve the dredging of about 1.6 million m3 of silty material to make way for the sand. The silt will be disposed of at sea at a site approximately 4 km southwest of the port. Approximately 1.2 million m3 of the silt has already been dredged and disposed of, and about 300,000 m3 remains to be dredged. The CWIT facilities will include development of a total of 1,400 m of vessel berths that will be able to handle vessels between 500 to 24,000 TEU (or 6,500 to 2,800,000 DWT). Additionally, the Project will include a 64.1 hectare Container Stack Yard with cantilever rail-mounted gantry cranes parallel to the quay length, and additional infrastructure, including:
• Fire detection and fighting systems;
• Entry/exit gate complexes and customs facilities;
• Security control room;
• Substation and diesel backup generator building;
• Port operation building and wharf office building;
• Workers’ canteen, rest area, sanitary facilities, and medical center;
• Fuel station; and
• Robotic Container Management System (RCMS) towers

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Investment type not available at the time of the snapshot.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Colombo West International Terminal Pvt. Limited Client -

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.

Location of Local Access to Project Information: The Project ESIA and Non-Technical Summary will be available for review at:
JKH Transportation sector office
JKH Transportation Sector
4, Leyden Bastian Road
Colombo 1


Unlike many other development finance institutions, DFC does not currently have an access to information policy.

Under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), DFC is obliged to respond to reasonably formulated requests for Agency records. However, DFC may apply exemptions from release to certain types of information and may charge fees in responding to requests. DFC has a designated FOIA officer who is trained in how to respond to requests and implement the law. You can learn more about filing a FOIA request at: https://www.dfc.gov/foia


The Office of Accountability is an independent office that addresses complaints about environmental or social issues related to DFC-supported projects. The office provides communities an opportunity to have concerns independently reviewed and addressed. If you submit a complaint to the Office of Accountability, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a problem solving dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the DFC complied with its policies to prevent environmental, social, human rights, and labor harms.

You can find more information about the Office of Accountability at: https://www.dfc.gov/who-we-are/office-accountability

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