Nelson Mandela Bay LBC Calls for Oil and Gas Market Revitalization

Nelson Mandela Bay

However, exploration activities in the municipality have been slow, with no recent activities in the Transkei & Algoa exploration contract and little in the Wild Coast in Morgan’s Bay and St John’s Port. As such, LBC Nelson Mandela has urged the municipal government to kickstart oil and gas exploration discussions and activities in the Algoa Bay with relevant parties including Shell, and regulatory and environmental authorities.

The call comes at a time when the unemployment rate in the bay is estimated at 36.4% and small businesses are continuing to close due to lack of investments. However, South Africa’s estimated oil and gas resources are measured at 27 billion barrels and 60 trillion cubic feet respectively, and have the potential to unlock approximately $10-20 trillion in government revenue through 2050, thereby ensuring economic expansion while driving the country’s net-zero initiatives.

“What is key to this is that these oil and gas deposits need to be proven through precise seismic exploration. As the LBC, we officially declare our support for oil and gas exploration in Algoa Bay,” the press release read.

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