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Policy & Regulation

South Africa eyes shale despite legal block

South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore South Africa’s government is still looking to appraise its onshore shale gas reserves despite an adverse high court ruling and expanding exploration offshore.
By Felix Janvrin 25 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production 0 34428
The Karoo region in South Africa. (flowcomm/Flickr)

The key issue: South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of anti-shale activists on 30 June, effectively stymieing fracking in the Karoo Basin, a region that is thought by some to hold up to 11 tcm of gas.

Interfax analysis: South Africa’s Mineral Resources Ministry intends to continue exploring for shale gas, despite the delays that will be caused by a complex legal tussle over which government department is responsible for regulating unconventional gas development.

The ruling by the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal...