Mining companies can help turn on the lights across sub-Saharan Africa, says World Bank
Based on World Bank media release (see full release here)
New World Bank report
In a new report called “Power of the Mine: A Transformative Opportunity for Sub-Saharan Africa”, the World Bank calls on the mining industry to work more closely with electricity utilities in the Sub-Saharan region to meet their growing energy demands.
Mining companies role in energy access
It suggests that large mines can become major and reliable customers for electricity utilities or independent power producers (IPPs) which can then grow and develop better infrastructure to bring low-cost power to communities.
The report finds that mining’s demand for power in Sub-Saharan Africa will likely triple between 2000 and 2020 to reach over 23,000 MW. This could be higher than non-mining demand for power in some countries. Yet, many mining companies are still opting to supply their own electricity with diesel generators rather than buy power from the grid – often because of shortcomings in national power systems in the region.
Energy access linked to development
According to the World Bank two-thirds of people in the region live entirely without electricity and those with a power connection, suffer constant disruptions in supply. Without new investment and with current rates of population growth, there will be more Africans without power by 2030 than there are now.
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