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Shale gas research will be finalised by December

Premier Phumulo Masualle says the ground-breaking scientific research into shale gas currently underway in partnership with NMMU will be finalised by December this year. Delivering his State of the Province Address, the Premier said the research would “map out a detailed technical understanding of the potential shale gas resource and possible environmental risks associated with its extraction”.

This, he added, would enable the provincial government “to plan for optimal socio-economic and environmentally responsible outcomes”. Masualle said the discovery of the shale gas reserve “offers us an opportunity to further grow our economy and to create much needed jobs for our people”.

(Source: Metro Minutes pdhcull@iafrica.com )