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Department of Mineral Resources announces timetable for shale gas development

Department of Mineral Resources announces timetable for shale gas development

Thibedi Ramontja

Thibedi Ramontja

REGULATIONS governing how shale gas will be extracted from the ecologically sensitive Karoo and other regions, will be published by the Department of Mineral Resources in January [2015].

The department’s director-general Thibedi Ramontja told Parliament’s select committee on land and mineral resources on Tuesday that the draft regulations, once finalised, will result in a regulatory framework that will ensure safety in exploration and during the subsequent extraction of gas.

Mr Ramontja told the MPs that licences for companies to carry out exploration using hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) could be issued by July-August [2015] and that the actual commercial exploitation could start within 18 months after that.