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South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry

dc.contributor.authorAcademy of Science of South Africa
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-06T10:01:43Z
dc.date.available2016-10-06T10:01:43Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2016/0003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11911/14
dc.descriptionPLEASE CITE AS FOLLOWS: Academy of Science of South Africa (2016) ‘South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry’, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2016/0003.
dc.description#fracking #ASSAf_Official #shalegas
dc.description.abstractThe consensus report titled South Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industry was produced by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in collaboration with the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE). The report details the interventions that are required. The study was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2014 and assesses current available information and technologies in the country should shale gas exploitation be implemented to counter energy challenges. The report was considered by Cabinet on 28 September 2016. The report concludes that much needs to be done to put in place a clear legislative environment and a rigorous regulatory and monitoring structure which will ensure that operators, in using their exploration and production licences, apply best-practice technologies that are fully compliant with the rules and regulations governing the industry. It states that decision-making processes on whether or not to proceed with the development of a shale gas industry must be based on robust and peer-reviewed evidence. Recommendations in the report highlight the need for several baseline studies with a view to improving the current understanding of the extent of the shale gas resources and the status of the local environment in which such developments will take place. Celebrating 20 years (1996 – 2016) in the service of society A key recommendation is that relevant departments, with DST oversight, should initiate a major project to undertake, prior to the commencement of shale gas exploration/exploitation, robust multidisciplinary, regional and local baseline studies. A major priority for the technical readiness of South Africa to implement a shale gas industry is the need to establish processes to continuously and accurately monitor key factors which will impact on the sustainability of the industry. Another requirement is that interventions are made to ensure that the requisite skills and infrastructure required to implement such an industry are available. The Hydraulic Fracturing Monitoring Committee is encouraged to take immediate steps to establish a new, or strengthen an existing, government agency whose overall function is, inter alia, to enable and facilitate the development of the shale gas industry in South Africa. Assessment of the economic implications of shale gas development for South Africa must be undertaken to critically assess the supply-demand situation, and comprehensive public consultation and engagement processes with local communities in the Karoo are emphasised. Of major importance to South Africa’s groundbreaking scientific endeavours on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the report recommends that any legislation that is introduced to have oversight of the shale gas industry must be fully aligned with the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, and that no hydraulic fracturing should take place within a 30 km buffer zone of an SKA site.
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Science and Technology. South Africa.
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectFrackingen_ZA
dc.subjectKarooen_ZA
dc.subjectHydraulic fracturingen_ZA
dc.subjectEastern Capeen_ZA
dc.subjectNorthern Capeen_ZA
dc.subjectWestern Capeen_ZA
dc.subjectGas industryen_ZA
dc.subjectTechnologyen_ZA
dc.subjectResearchen_ZA
dc.subjectBaseline studiesen_ZA
dc.subjectRegulationen_ZA
dc.subjectGeologyen_ZA
dc.subjectGeohydrologyen_ZA
dc.subjectBiodiversityen_ZA
dc.subjectLandscapeen_ZA
dc.subjectWateren_ZA
dc.subjectEmissionsen_ZA
dc.subjectSquare Kilometer Arrayen_ZA
dc.subjectElectromagneticen_ZA
dc.subjectCapacity developmenten_ZA
dc.subjectSocio-economicen_ZA
dc.subjectDrillingen_ZA
dc.subjectCasingsen_ZA
dc.subjectBest practiceen_ZA
dc.titleSouth Africa’s Technical Readiness to Support the Shale Gas Industryen_ZA
dc.typeASSAf consensus study reports 2016en_ZA


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