PetroSA to hunt for oil, gas on Cape coast

2011-09-11 23:16

Johannesburg - State-owned oil and gas company PetroSA plans to explore an 80 000km² area around the Cape coast in a search for oil and gas, the Sunday Times reported.

The exploration area starts about 15km off the coast and stretches from Cape Agulhas to Saldanha. PetroSA told the newspaper the area had "several million barrels of oil potential".

PetroSA's exploration application has already passed the 30-day public participation period. A detailed environmental management plan is due to be submitted within the next month. If it is approved, initial exploration work could begin as early as February.

Should PetroSA's initial survey work show promising results, test drilling could begin in five or six years, spokesperson Thabo Mabaso told the newspaper.

But there were several environmental concerns, including the impact exploration would have on commercial fisheries and endangered whale species, and the potential of an oil spill disaster, reported the Sunday Times.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-09-12 06:37

    They looked for oil in the mid 70's about 200km west of Saldana Bay , I worked on a ship transporting the pipes to SB . Whatever happened?

  • cobus123456 - 2011-09-12 07:15

    Go find alternative energy and leave our Cape coast alone.

  • AntiRacist - 2011-09-12 08:04

    Oil?? The USA might invade sooner than expected ;))))

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-12 09:28

      Mmmmmhm, that IS a welcome prediction, to be sure.

      AntiRacist - 2011-09-12 09:45

      @Martin, hell yeh, imagine these clowns dancing around with us troops here, sit back and watch how it all gets pulled apart piece by piece lol, That would be a grand day!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-12 10:09

      As opposed to how it's being pulled apart piece by piece right now?

  • realist03 - 2011-09-12 08:57

    All the more reason now to make the Western Cape independent,imagine if we had oil we could run our autonomous state independently from the rest of the corrupt anc regime.

      AntiRacist - 2011-09-12 09:45


      letswai - 2011-09-12 10:21

      are you still in that. get a life man. it aint gonna happen.

      AntiRacist - 2011-09-12 15:42

      You sure about that? ;) lol

  • jka - 2011-09-12 10:21

    Yes, lets destroy the cape coastline, cape point etc - we don't want tourists or our own natural environment, we just want rich oil companies. Keep your greedy hands off of our coastline!

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-09-12 12:02

      Over 200 oil exploration wells have been drilled offshore South Africa. Pity the environment is so destroyed...isn't isn't. You win my "Mindless Environmental Zealot of the day" award....congratulations.

  • Lifesabeach - 2011-09-12 12:48

    Oil source just a couple of metres off Table View.

  • zackie - 2011-09-12 16:56

    and if we find the oil what will NATO do next to SA?

      mark - 2011-09-13 05:23

      Nigeria here we come!!

  • BigAl - 2011-09-13 07:57

    Cape coast for oil and gas - don't make me laugh, if it were there it would of been found many years ago. "State owned PetroSA" says it all, another waste of tax payers money.

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