Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 12 September 2011 – South Africa’s national oil company PetroSA has applied to explore for oil and gas in an 80,000 sq km area off the Cape coast.
Reporting this here, the Sunday Times newspaper said the area stretched from Cape Agulhas “’ the southernmost tip of Africa “’ to Saldanha, north of Cape Town.
It quoted PetroSA spokesman Thabo Mabaso as saying test drilling would only start in five to six years if initial seismic tests were promising. A detailed environmental management plan was due in October and would take five months to consider, the newspaper reported.
PetroSA was not available for comment.
South Africa has limited gas reserves, mainly located in the south coast’s block 9 region, and it has been scrambling to secure supplies to one of the world’s largest gas-to-liquids refineries in Mossel Bay.
PetroSA operates the gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay and holds exploration acreage in Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mozambique and Namibia.