14 October 2009 – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), at its meeting held Monday 12 October 2009, decided not to approve licence applications by Gigajoule Africa Pipe (Cape) (Pty) Ltd’s and Gigajoule Africa Gas (Cape) (Pty) Ltd’s for the construction of gas distribution and transmission facilities and for trading in gas, respectively, in the Cape West Coast Region of the Western Cape Province.

On 10 June 2009, Gigajoule Africa Pipe (Cape) (Pty) Ltd and Gigajoule Africa Gas (Cape) (Pty) Ltd applied for licences (i) to construct gas transmission and distribution facilities and (ii) to trade in gas, in the Cape West Coast Region.

The applications concerned the construction of offshore and onshore transmission facilities, and onshore distribution facilities for the transportation of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as the sale of gas in the Cape West Coast Region of the Western Cape Province.

The decision-making process included a public hearing at which affected parties and the applicants made representations and, after duly considering the applications and representations, the Energy Regulator decided as follows:

1. Not to issue licences to:

  • Gigajoule Africa Pipe (Cape) (Pty) Ltd for the construction of gas transmission and distribution facilities; and
  • Gigajoule Africa Gas (Cape) (Pty) Ltd for trading in gas in the Cape West Coast Region of the Western Cape Province.

The full decision by the Energy Regulator and the Reasons for the Decision will be published on NERSA’s website shortly.