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Friday, 24 June 2016 12:25

Gas policy to be developed

The announcement by the Department of Energy to develop a gas policy will guide the country towards a sustainable natural gas economy, says the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation, Minister Jeff Radebe.

“The introduction of gas as an additional source of power in South Africa’s energy mix will lessen the dependence of coal and ensure sufficient, diverse and secure energy availability to citizens and the economy, now and in the future. This will also increase the country’s trajectory of realising a re-industrialised economy, a higher and inclusive growth path and job creation,” he said at a media briefing.

In the interim, the Department of Energy is undertaking a gas-to-power programme, which will deliver 3 726MW of electricity and will also serve as a catalyst for the development of a local gas industry, which will encourage upstream exploration in an investor-friendly enabling environment.

Source: AllAfrica.com