Sharing Energy

  • The shared use of power infrastructure refers to the leveraging of a mine or an oil and gas project’s demand for power to build a more robust power generation system for use by other actors in the host economy.
  • By capitalizing on a project’s demand for energy, it is possible to contribute to national power generation facilities and increase access to electricity in remote areas where extractive industries operate.
  • A Framework to Approach Shared Use of Mining-Related Infrastructure provides examples of the possible scenarios for power infrastructure sharing in the mining sector.

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The Power of the Mine, A Transformative for Sub-Saharan Africa

This document analyzes the opportunities and challenges associated with power and mining integration in Sub-Saharan Africa for both industry ...

Topic Briefing

The shared use of power infrastructure refers to the leveraging of a mine or an oil and gas project’s demand for power and related investments infrastructure to build a more robust power generation and electric transmission system for use by other actors in the host economy.

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Power is required throughout an extractive industry project’s life cycle. By capitalizing on the project’s demand for energy, it is possible to contribute to national power generation facilities and electricity transmission systems as well as increase access to electricity in remote areas where extractive industry companies tend to operate. A Framework to Approach Shared Use of Mining-Related Infrastructure provides examples of the possible scenarios for power infrastructure sharing in the mining sector.

For an oil and gas project, there is the potential for the output to directly feed a power plant to benefit the local economy. Even when the project is primarily oil based the associated petroleum gas should be considered for power generation options rather than being flared or reinjected.

Leading institutions on this topic include the World Bank and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.