Mantashe welcomes arrival of oil, gas drill rig in Cape Town

Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Courtney Africa / African News Agency(ANA)

The drilling campaign is expected to take between six to 12 months.

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed the arrival of the DeepSea Stavanger oil and gas drill rig in Cape Town.

The DeepSea Stavanger oil and gas drill rig has been commissioned by petrochemicals company Total.

According to Mantashe, the arrival of the drill rig has reaffirmed South Africa as an investment destination of choice for the exploration of oil and gas, despite the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on economies around the world.

The drill rig is part of a $400-million oil and gas exploration drilling campaign by Total, with about R1.5 billion being spent in South Africa through the hospitality industry, offshore services and equipment, and training and contracting of local companies to support the drilling programme.

The drilling campaign is expected to take between 6 to 12 months.

Mantashe states that the investment will further enable South Africa to diversify its energy mix, as envisioned in the Integrated Resources Plan 2019, by using all the primary energy resources that the country is endowed with, including gas.

“Government will be supporting this project by finalising the Upstream Petroleum Bill which aims to strike a balance between the need to attract investment into this key sector of the economy, and ensuring that oil and gas activities do not happen at the expense of the environment and water resources,” Mantashe said.

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Meanwhile, petrol price went up by 5c a litre while diesel went up by 45c on 5 August 2020.

The fuel prices were based on current local and international factors and were adjusted as follows:

  • Petrol (both 93 ULP and LRP): five cents per litre (5 c/l) increase
  • Petrol (both 95 ULP and LRP): five cents per litre (5 c/l) increase;
  • Diesel (0.05% sulphur): forty-five cents per litre (45 c/l) increase;
  • Diesel (0.005% sulphur): forty-five cents per litre (45 c/l) increase;
  • Illuminating Paraffin (wholesale): thirty-nine cents per litre (39 c/l) increase;
  • SMNRP for IP: fifty-two cents per litre (52 c/l) increase; and
  • Maximum LP Gas Retail Price: four cents per kilogram (4 c/kg) decrease.

South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors.

International factors include the fact that South Africa imports both crude oil and finished products at a price set at the international level, including importation costs, e.g. shipping costs.

This article first appeared on Sedibeng Ster and was republished with permission.

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