Shale gas is a natural gas that is occurring and can be extracted from Shale. The natural gas can be utilised for energy production. “South Africa has an estimate of 390 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of technically recoverable natural gas that can be extracted from Shale and this is embedded in the Karoo Basin (Figure 1(a))”. The natural gas estimates of the country are technically unproven. Detailed research studies are very crucial for the country because Shale gas exploration in South Africa could be facing two major unknown geological questions:
Shale Gas Research Project at CGS:
The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is embarking on a shale gas research project that is aimed at unlocking the unknowns and assumptions about shale gas exploration in the country. The project is also aimed at building scientific skills in the area of shale gas exploration as this is a new concept to the country at large.
The programme is funded by the Department of Mineral Resources and will assist the government in making well informed decision about shale gas in South Africa.
The objectives of the programme is to collect and review new geological information of the Karoo Basin, to define an environmental baseline, to assess the amount of recoverable gas mainly from the Whitehill and Prince Albert Formations, to cover various geo-environmental impacts like ground water dynamics with possible contamination, and monitor potential seismic interferences.
The CGS Shale gas project will serve as a baseline study for future shale gas research work and play a vital role in review of Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation Regulations. NEMA regulations will be utilised as a framework in identifying shortfalls of the environmental impacts of the shale gas.
Shale Gas Map with Applicants and towns
Petroleum Exploration & Production Activities in SA
Gazetted Fracking Regulations
2017 ASSAF Shale Gas Proceedings 1
2017 ASSAF Shale Gas Proceedings 2
Community issues raised during the Imbizo sessions Consolidated
Executive Summary Shale Gas Report - 18 Sept 2012
Final Preliminary Report of Working Group - 9 September 2011
DG's Speech at the Beaufort West Municipality 16 January 2018
Information Letter Deep Drilling Jan 2017
SEA Final draft Summary 29 Mar 3 (2)