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In 2011, CCSI began to research how mining infrastructure can be leveraged for sustainable development and in 2013 created an economic, legal, and operational framework to generate shared-use benefits from rail, ports, power, water, and internet and telecommunications. CCSI has published many works on shared use in the mining sector. Those works, along with other mining-related publications and mining concessions available online, ground the analytical framework of this paper, provide insight on the economic drivers of the mining sector, and detail how legal provisions – including laws, regulations, and contractual terms – can forefront shared use.

This paper is part of CCSI’s larger work on extractive industries which endeavors to make mining more beneficial and sustainable for people, private enterprise, and the natural environment. It sheds light on the legal, regulatory, and contractual provisions that underpin shared-use mining infrastructure and provides non-exhaustive guidance on how governments might strengthen them to advance shared use of railroads, ports, and power.

Section 2 provides background information on the basic legal frameworks that underpin shared-use mining infrastructure. Sections 3 and 4 focus on the economic conditions and legal provisions that shape the shared use of railroads, ports, and power. Section 5 concludes the paper by indicating areas for further research.


Energy and Utilities Law | Law | Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law | Transportation Law