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South Africa to begin shale gas exploration in a year

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 09/03/2016 (10:48)
According to media reports, South Africa’s government announced that they are planning to begin exploration activities for shale gas in the Karoo region in the upcoming 12 months. The region is believed to have at least 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. The South African government aims to answer to the country’s energy challenges and to meet increasing demand for electricity.

So far, South Africa’s plans to begin shale gas drilling have been delayed due to environmental and economic concerns. Environmentalists claim that any exploration in the Karoo region may poison the region’s underground water supply.

Meanwhile, Royal Dutch Shell expressed their willingness to seek a license to conduct drilling activities in the region. The company reported that they are planning to spend $200 million for the first exploration phase of six wells if they are awarded a license.
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