×

We've got news for you.

Register on BusinessLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

A few weeks ago, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier sailed into Saldanha Bay having received, a few days earlier, a shipment of gas from a large gas carrier while in the Indian Ocean off the Mozambican port of Beira. The arrival of Botafogo Gas in Saldanha Bay attracted little attention, but it was almost certainly a landmark, even historic, development towards the dawn of a full South African gas economy. Natural gas and its refinery derivative, LPG, are plentiful, affordable and clean (gas emits about 50% less CO² than coal). But whereas the world relies on gas to provide over 20% of its energy needs, the figure for SA is lower, at about 3%. And, within the country, there are considerable geographic variances, the Western Cape using far less than the national figure at about 3kg-4kg per person a year. To put that number into perspective, Brazil and Malaysia, similar developing countries, consume eight times and 13 times as much LPG per capita, respectively. The good news, how...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now