The document will provide a framework for investment in gas-supporting infrastructure and outline the role that gas could conceivably play in the electricity, transport, domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.
Department of Energy (DoE) deputy director-general Ompi Aphane says government sees “massive upside potential” for gas, stressing that this potential is not confined to electricity generation.
However, there will be “line of sight” between the Gump and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, which is currently being updated. The draft update, for instance, includes a “Big Gas” scenario that envisages 67 GW ofinstalled gas generation by 2050.
The Gump itself considers various supply options, including the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as piped gas from Namibia andMozambique. It also explores the potential for domestic production of natural and shale gas, as well as coalbed methane.