Studies into the Importation of LNG in the Western Cape
Since 2012, the Western Cape Government has actively promoted the importation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into the Province via Saldanha Bay. This is for four reasons. LNG will provide fuel to Gas-to-Power stations, which are required to balance the variability of solar and wind power. As our renewable energy installations increase, the more LNG we will need to balance the grid. These Gas-to-Power plants will also improve South Africa’s energy security. Third, natural gas will replace dirty industrial fuels such as Heavy Fuel Oils and coal, thereby reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, investment in LNG infrastructure will drive South Africa’s re-industrialisation provide a critical economic catalyst to the Western Cape economy.
In pursuit of this, the Department of Economic Development & Tourism has conducted numerous feasibility studies:
- Pre-Feasibility report for the importation of natural gas into the Western Cape with specific focus on the Saldanha Bay-Cape Town Corridor, March 2013. (H Visagie)
- Environmental Screening and Safety Study for the proposed LNG terminal at Saldanha and associated pipeline infrastructures to Atlantis and Cape Town, August 2014. (CSIR)
- Preliminary assessment of the marine environmental conditions for LNG shipment and transfer operations for an area within the Port of Saldanha, September 2014. (CSIR)
- Preliminary assessment of the marine environmental conditions for LNG shipment and transfer operations for an area within the West Coast of South Africa, September 2014. (CSIR)
- The socio-economic impact of importing LNG into the West Coast of the Western Cape, February 2015. (Deloitte)
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) importation: Evaluating the risks, June 2016. (PwC)
- Feasibility study for the Western Cape LNG importation and gas-to-power project, Forthcoming. (Delphos International)
- Techno-economic analysis of energy in the Western Cape Transport sector, Forthcoming. (eScience)
All of these studies can be accessed here.