Mail and Guardian 14 September 2012.
Despite severe criticism from environmentalists, the state is punting shale gas as a greener way to secure South Africa’s future electricity supply.
Shale gas will probably be part of South Africa’s future energy mix. The moratorium on exploration is gone and, barring serious and irreconcilable environmental issues, it could be getting your kettle to bubble away in a decade. But by then other power sources could be so cheap that shale gas will not be able to compete…
(Editor’s note: And if we wait for SA shale gas, in about 2022, and continue to drag our heels on renewables, this will mean a third new coal plant. Even if we started now, a new nuclear plant wouldn’t be ready in time to fill the energy gap. We need a faster renewable energy roll out plus, probably, gas-fired turbines using imported LNG. Interesting opinion from Ferrial Adams of Greenpeace, she advocates skipping shale gas and continuing to use coal until green energy can take over! I think conventional natural gas in the form of imported LNG, is a better transition route than coal.)