Sasol Signs on with Statoil, Chesapeake for South African Exploration Right

Sasol, through Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) the wholly owned upstream oil and gas subsidiary of Sasol Limited, today announced a joint application with Statoil ASA and Chesapeake Energy Corporation for an onshore petroleum Exploration Right in South Africa. The Exploration Right application was officially submitted to the Petroleum Agency (SA) Ltd today and it is expected that it will take approximately 12 months to process.

The application is subject to the consideration and the approval of the South African government. If the Exploration Right is successfully awarded, the applicants will jointly commit to an exploration work program.

The proposed exploration effort will be focused on finding potentially commercial recoverable shale gas resources in the Karoo Basin in the central region of South Africa.

Shale gas is natural gas produced from shale, a type of sedimentary rock formed from clay. Shale gas has become an increasingly important source of natural gas in the United States over the past decade, and interest has spread to potential gas shales in Canada and Europe and now also in South Africa. The Karoo Basin in South Africa has unproved shale gas potential and significant exploration efforts are required to assess this prospective resource.

The companies involved in this joint exploration venture are world leaders in oil and gas exploration.