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The South African government said Tuesday that exploration for shale gas will begin in the next 12 months, ending years of speculation over the project.

South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region is believed to hold at least 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, but drilling has been delayed by environmental and economic concerns.

“One area of real opportunity for South Africa is the exploitation of shale gas,” the government said in a statement.

“Exploration activities are scheduled to commence in the next financial year.”

The government has said that shale gas could be the answer to the country’s energy challenges, as coal-fired power stations battle to meet the rising demand for electricity.

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