SA reviewing 5 shale gas exploration applications - official

Royal Dutch Shell, Falcon Oil and Gas and Bundu Gas & Oil are among five applications being reviewed.

FILE: Protesters gather outside Parliament to show their opposition to the governments decision to lift a moratorium on shale-gas exploration in the Karoo. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Recommendations for South Africa’s first shale gas exploration licences in the semi-arid Karoo basin will be finalised soon after environmental objections delayed the process, a senior government official said on Monday.

Royal Dutch Shell, Falcon Oil and Gas and Bundu Gas & Oil are among five applications being reviewed by the regulator, acting chief executive of Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) Lindiwe Mekwe told Reuters.