Monday, May 20, 2013

Shale Compendium: South Africa

South Africa
  • Government lifted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo region September 2012. Moratorium had been in place since April 2011. (Huffington Post)
  • Royal Dutch Shell, Falcon Oil & Gas, Chevron, and Sunset Energy have exploration licenses. (Bloomberg)
  • Technical cooperation permits have been issued to Shell, Sasol, Chesapeake Energy, Statoil, Anglo Coal, and Sunset Energy (Oil & Gas Journal)
  • "Shale gas might be the clinching factor in freeing the country of 49 million inhabitants from its dependence on coal to fuel 85% of its energy needs" Accenture report (Oil & Gas Journal)
  • BP investing R5-billion in South Africa and Mozambique to improve energy security, BP has not prioritized shale in South Africa. (The Herald Apr. 2013)

Written by Anna Leonenko, Research Fellow
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center
May 2013

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