Shale Gas Southern Africa

Cape Town, South Africa 26 27 March / 2012

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About the conference

Shale gas is not new to the world, experts have known about Shale Gas for years. The difficulty lay in extracting Shale Gas because of the high costs. In recent years as technology advanced companies have developed techniques for drilling more cost-effectively; this also resulted in the recoverable reserves being rapidly upgraded. Hydraulic Fracturing or “Fracking” the technology used to extract shale gas though has become a major global topic of debate.

Some of the arguments against “Fracking” have revolved around the wastewater issue as “Fracking” requires large amounts of water containing dissolved chemicals and other contaminants. How this water is transported, re-cycled and contained has put environmentalists on full alert. Additionally sensitivities to community and public health have also added fuel to fire, so to say.

Regulators worldwide have been hard –pushed to develop laws that allow for clean energy but take into consideration a host of environmental issues that need to be managed and monitored. However, as energy prices continue to soar, governments are hard-pressed to find new energy opportunities that reduce a nations’ exposure to high energy costs and stimulate economies.

Africa is exploding with Oil and Gas leaping to forefront of economic growth on the continent. However, as developed economies have discovered, Shale Gas has come with serious political, economic and environmental challenges with countries like France have already banned “Fracking” and certain American states  having also taking the same approach.

The data of Shale Gas resources indicates that it is and will continue to be a major source of energy for the future. Current numbers suggest that there is approximately 32,500 trillion cubic ft (tcf) of shale gas reserves globally with the South Africa estimated to hold around 485 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF)  according to The US Department of Energy. If these numbers are correct it would make South Africa the fifth largest country in the world as far as Shale Gas resources are concerned. 

Southern Africa is community that has for many years almost been a world within a world with South Africa playing the “Big Brother” like Role. Energy, like electricity has been traded and transported across the region and Shale Gas development in the region will also take a lead from how the South African process unfolds and develops.

Shale Gas Southern Africa aims to be a platform for professionals across the industry to discuss, discover and mediate equitable solutions for the good of the region.


Why Attend the Shale Gas Southern Africa Conference:-


·  Network with Senior Industry Professionals from both on and of the continent

·  Assess the Regulatory and Legal Landscape for Shale Gas Development

·  Understanding the Carbon Footprint of Shale Gas and explore the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shale gas

·  Evaluate the Environmental concerns and develop strategies to manage these concerns

·  Understand critical issues such as Local Content, Skills and Technology Transfer and how they could play out in the region

·  Gain insights in local community and government concerns and how these could be dealt with in other future shale gas communities to come

·  Learn about the role of technology in developing the local Shale Gas industry and how technology can be used to mitigate environmental issues

·   Evaluating the realistic possibility of ground water contamination and steps which can be taken to minimize any risk

·  Explore the potential of both Up and Downstream opportunities for Shale Gas

·  Hear about the linkage between Environmental and Economic impact and how these impacts have been managed in other parts of the world


Topics to be explored include:-



  • ·         What does Shale Gas mean for Southern Africa
  • ·         Understanding the environmental issues
  • ·         What are the economic spin-offs for shale-gas development to Southern Africa?
  • ·         The laws governing Shale Gas in Southern Africa
  • ·         The regulatory environment
  • ·         Understanding the upstream spins-offs for shale gas development in Southern Africa
  • ·         Downstream opportunities for Southern Africa’s shale gas projects
  • ·         Risk and disaster management in shale gas
  • ·         Water Management
  • ·         The role of technology in achieving a successful shale industry in Southern Africa
  • ·         Managing technology failure
  • ·         Improving hydraulic fracturing effectiveness
  • ·         Successful Shale projects need world-class Technology and skills



Our esteemed Panel of Experts includes:-



  • ·         Barry Stevens - President @ TBD America
  • ·         Muzi Mkhize – Chief Director Hydrocarbons @ Department of Energy
  • ·         Dr. Michael Jacobson - Associate Professor @ School of Forest Resources at the Pennsylvania State University
  • ·         Dr Luke Havemann – MD @ Havemann Inc
  • ·         Mthozami Xiphu –CEO @ The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA)
  • ·         Michael Farina – Program Manager @ GE-Energy
  • ·         Jan-Willem Eggink – General Manager Upstream Operations @ Shell Africa
  • ·         Dr Mike De Pontes – COO @ CEF
  • ·         Chris Hartnady – Technical Director @ Umvoto
  • ·         Jonathan Deal – Chairman @ Treasure the Karoo Action Group
  • ·         Professor Gerrit van Tonder – University of the Free State & Director @ The Institute of Groundwater Studies
  • ·        Wilbert Mathews – Independent Consultant
  • ·         Adrian Strydom – Skills Program Manager - SAOGA


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