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Launch of report on South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry

The pre-publication report on South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry was launched on 12 October 2016 at a function at the CSIR Conference Centre. The report was presented to the DG of DST by Prof Roseanne Diab and Prof Cyril O’Connor as Chairman of the panel. This was an historic event as this study was the first to be undertaken by ASSAf in collaboration with SAAE.

The study on South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2014. It was considered by Cabinet on 28 September 2016.

This report assesses the status quo with regard to available information and technologies in South Africa, and links the findings with the needs of the shale gas activities if such an industry were to develop. The report makes several recommendations for future data collection and research to prepare South Africa for a shale gas industry, and suggests important interventions that would need to be considered to enable the development of the industry.

The study panel under the chairmanship of SAAE Fellow Prof Cyril O’Connor from the University of Cape Town consisted of Mr Stefanus de Lange, University of the Free State; Prof Maarten de Wit, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; SAAE Fellow Mr Stefan de Nagy Kőves Hrabar, Mirlem (Pty) Limited; Prof Meagan Mauter, Carnegie Mellon University; SAAE Fellow Dr Mike Shand, Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd; and Mr Mthozami Xiphu, South African Oil and Gas Alliance.

The final report is expected to be available in March 2017. Read the pre-publication report here