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South Africa: New E&P Regulations Only Cover Onshore Developments

On 3 June Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi published the Regulations for Petroleum Exploration and Production under the MPRDA in the Government Gazette. The new regulations’ publication came almost 20 months after former Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu released the draft regulations in October 2013. Although the purpose of the draft regulations included establishing the regulatory framework for the use of hydraulic fracturing, they were also intended to “augment gaps identified in the current regulatory framework governing exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources … and prescribe good international petroleum industry practices and standards that will enhance safe exploration and production of petroleum.”

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