Mantashe releases draft Gas Master Plan for public comment

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  • South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Mr. Gwede Mantashe (MP) has published the draft Gas Master Plan (GMP2024) for public comments in government Gazette No: 50569 of 26 April 2024.
  • With national elections set to take place on 29 May, the viability of publishing the plan holds only if the incumbant ruling party, retains majority.
  • A coalition government may revise the plan and republish for public comment. 

The draft GMP2024 is a policy instrument that seeks to ensure security of gas supply by diversifying supply options from both local and international markets. It outlines the role of natural gas in the context of energy mix and provides policy direction to the industry in South Africa.

The plan considers the complete gas topology ranging from demand, supply, importation, infrastructure, and distribution networks. It recognises the critical role of natural gas in the country’s economy, and anticipates the infrastructure required for the delivery of gas at a point of consumption based on a least-cost model.

The Plan puts forward three gas demand scenarios for the power generation sector. Low gas demand scenario lists 2084MW capacity, 10504MW for medium and 16651MW for a high demand scenario.

Members of the public, stakeholders and industry experts are invited to contribute to the development of this important policy document by submitting inputs and/or comments on the draft Gas Master Plan by no later than 15 June 2024.

The draft GMP2024 document is accessible on:

Written comments may be addressed to the Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources & Energy either by post at Private Bag X 59, Arcadia, 0007; by hand at Travenna Campus, 71 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria,0002; or by email:

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