"We look forward to engaging the Department of Mineral Resources to better understand the impact the moratorium will have on our existing licence applications and to learn more about the study that has been initiated," said Shell South Africa’s Country Chairman, Bonang Mohale.

"We would welcome the opportunity to contribute towards South Africa’s understanding of the shale gas potential and the technology utilised to develop the resource," said Mohale.

Shell also reiterated its commitment to lead in setting of global best practices and operational standards for shale gas development in South Africa.

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