The South African government said Tuesday it was expecting to reap the rewards of shale natural gas, with exploration slated as early as 2017. Royal Dutch Shell is among the early entrants into the South African shale sector , reviewing the prospects for gas in the country’s Karoo basin. South African Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti told government officials in Pretoria shale gas exploration presents a real opportunity for economic growth in the country. “Exploration activities are scheduled to commence in the next financial year,” he said in a statement. “This will lead to excellent prospects for beneficiation and […]