South Africa’s government has expressed the desire to increase uptake and usage of gas in the country’s economy. This takes into account the potential of shale gas to make the country energy independent. Gas will also help reduce the current demand on the electricity grid.

The master plan includes infrastructure development options, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas terminals, the creation of an enabling environment for the interconnection with neighbouring countries and the institutional arrangements for managing our gas resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The gas utilisation master plan will become available in May 2014 for public consultation. The finalisation of this process will go a long way to increase the uptake and usage of gas in South Africa.

Meanwhile minister of energy Ben Martins says that the review process of the update to the Integrated Resource Plan 2010 is ongoing. Having concluded the public consultation process, South Africa’s department of energy will consult with other departments before a final decision on the review of the IRP 2010 is made. The revised IRP will be issued in the second semester of 2014.

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