Understanding What is at Stake

At a Glance
  • Assessing the ICT arrangements that extractive industry companies have, and understanding why they chose a particular arrangement, is crucial to understanding what is at stake.
  • Opportunity assessments of a country’s infrastructure situation and institutional gaps are important to identifying the most realistic scenarios of ICT-extractive project synergies, as well as the steps needed to achieve them.
  • Extractive companies are either completely self-sufficient, or their operations are fully integrated into the national ICT infrastructure. Arrangements that lie somewhere in between these two options creates a hybrid of national and self-provided infrastructure.

Understanding what is at stake involves assessing the ICT arrangements that extractive industry companies have and understanding why they chose that particular arrangement. An opportunity assessment of the country’s infrastructure situation and institutional gaps is important to identify the most realistic scenarios of ICT-extractive project synergies and the steps needed to achieve them. Projects whose infrastructure is completely offshore do not have to be considered in this assessment. 

At the two opposite ends, extractive companies are either completely self-sufficient, or their operations are fully integrated into the national ICT infrastructure. Arrangements in between these two options would involve a hybrid of national and self-provided infrastructure.

Below is a decision tree that can be used to understand why an extractive sector company might choose self-provision or use of national infrastructure.

Decision Tree to Assess What is at Stake

Figure 1: Decision tree, reprinted from Toledano et al., A Framework to Approach Shared Use of Mining-Related Infrastructure, (New York: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, 2014), 74

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[1] Toledano et al., A Framework to Approach Shared Use of Mining-Related Infrastructure, (New York: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, 2014), 74

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