Natural gas in South Africa

8 Jun 2017 - 11:45

The contribution to total primary energy supply from natural gas in South Africa is currently low by international standards, but the sector’s potential for growth is significant. . Furthermore, the potential for gas to address several challenges facing its energy sector has been recognised in state policy.

A new study by ERC researchers aims to provide a map of the potential for gas utilisation over the long term in the South African energy system. It has two primary objectives: (i) to explore the potential uptake of natural gas in the South African energy system to 2050 under conditions of uncertainty in economic growth, technology costs and fuel costs, and to explore the impact of a GHG constraint on the uptake of natural gas, ; and (ii) the development of the South African TIMES Model’s (SATIM) capability to model natural gas effectively in the South African energy system.