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Policy & Regulation

SADC gas pooling plans to boost infrastructure and LNG imports

The group's Regional Gas Master Plan could stimulate the development of gas infrastructure by pooling local demand across the bloc’s 16 member countries The group's Regional Gas Master Plan could stimulate the development of gas infrastructure by pooling local demand across the bloc’s 16 member countries.
By Leigh Elston 28 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG 0 33992
Pipeline construction in Tanzania. (Wentworth Resources)

Planned LNG-to-power projects in southern Africa are struggling to move forward, in part because of limited local electricity demand. The Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) Regional Gas Master Plan could fix that, although it will be essential to get private investors on board to make it work.

When former South African President Jacob Zuma proposed the Inter-State Natural Gas Committee during his one-year term as chair of the SADC in 2017, he said it was because gas reserves in the 16 SADC member...