Mpumalanga gas project aims to bridge just energy transition gap

Natural gas reserves Amersfoort

The advancement of natural gas reserves in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, is being promoted as having the potential to reshape South Africa’s energy dynamics significantly and play a key role in the nation’s pursuit of a more diversified and sustainable energy future.

Nevertheless, environmental organizations raise questions about whether gas qualifies as a green energy source and if it will contribute to South Africa’s commitments in the global fight against climate change.

In 2023, Kinetiko Energy, an Australian gas exploration company, and the Industrial Corporation of South Africa (IDC) collaboratively entered into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development project for Amersfoort. Situated near Volksrust in the Mpumalanga-KwaZulu-Natal provincial border area, this town holds strategic importance at the core of the country’s energy centre.

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