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South Africa: SA and Russia Sign Oil and Gas Development Agreement
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, December 07, 2017
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 07, 2017

The project envisages extraction of up to four million cubic metres of gas daily. This will subsequently be delivered to PetroSA’s Gas-To-Liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, the South Coast processing plant.
Roman Panov, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rosgeo, Luvo Makasi, the Chairman of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and Nhlanhla Gumede, PetroSA’s Interim Chairperson, signed the agreement.
The CEO of Rosgeo stressed that within the framework of the contract, Rosgeo will use advanced technologies, including 3D exploratory works, and modern seismic and drilling vessels.
"The signed agreement is aimed at developing bilateral relations and will strengthen Rosgeo’s presence in the African market," he said.
Meanwhile, the CEF chairman said the search for oil and gas resources in South Africa remains very strategic for the country’s energy security and is extremely important to PetroSA’s continued and sustainable survival.
“South Africa’s oil and gas potential remains largely unexplored. This exploration effort presents significant upside to both the country and PetroSA. The upside for PetroSA is the possible expansion of our depleting gas resources. Discovery of hydrocarbons on our shores has the potential to bring significant revenues to the country and prove the country’s oil and gas prospectivity,” said Makasi.
The PetroSA Interim Board chairperson said the agreement represented a significant development towards building a new strategic thrust for the company. He said the agreement was strongly repositioning PetroSA towards growth.
“A find in block 9 and 11a would result in much desired exploration activity of our onshore and offshore oil and gas potential. The country and PetroSA will benefit greatly from the find. From the perspective of PetroSA it will result in cheaper feed into the Mossel Bay refinery,” said Gumede.
The Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) is a subsidiary of the Central Energy Fund (CEF), which reports to the Department of Energy.
President Jacob Zuma is in Xiamen for the Summit and the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries that got underway on Sunday.
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