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South Africa energy report

South Africa energy market analysis is derived from the most recent key economic indicators, supply and demand factors, oil & gas pricing trends and major energy issues and developments surrounding the energy industry. The analysis includes a comprehensive energy market report and updated South Africa energy market data.

South Africa energy report
Update: May, 2019
Format: 2 files (PDF report, Excel file)
Pages: 40 (Report only)
Delivery: Immediate by e-mail


South Africa energy market report offers an incisive and reliable overview of the energy sector in South Africa. With a focus on oil, gas, coal and power markets, the report provides a complete picture of the country situation, dynamics, current issues and future prospects. With 2018 market data and continuous follow-up of markets news, this report brings clear and concise insights with which to tackle national energy challenges and opportunities.

  • Institutions & Energy Policy

    The Department of Energy is responsible for the development and the implementation of the energy policy and controls the Central Energy Fund, whereas the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is responsible for mining policy.

    The Department of Environmental Affairs deals with environmental problems linked to energy and the use of natural resources.

    The National Energy Regulator ...

  • Energy Companies


    Eskom is the national electricity company. According to the Eskom Conversion Act of 2001, production, distribution and marketing activities should be separated in order to prepare the sale of the company's capital. However, the company is still vertically integrated.

  • Energy Supply


    Coal reserves are estimated at 30 Gt (7th worldwide), and mainly consist of steam coal. Hydrocarbon resources are limited (2.5 Mt of oil reserves and 3 bcm of conventional gas reserves at the end of 2018). However, the country has potentially huge shale gas resources, estimated to be around 5.7 tcm in 2018, making them the 11th largest shale gas resources in the world.

    The ...

  • Energy Prices


    Municipalities are in charge of fixing electricity prices. They are based on the "National Retail Tariff Guideline", published by NERSA in 2004, and on the "Municipal Electricity Tariff Guidelines", which are published each year. There is a reduced tariff for the poorest part of the population ("poverty tariff").

    Electricity prices have been increasing since 2017. NERSA allowed a 2.2% ...

  • Energy Consumption

    Total energy consumption per capita peaked in 2008 at around 3 toe per capita and has been following a decreasing trend since then reaching 2.4 toe in 2018.

    Following the electricity crisis and a peak of 4 500 kWh in 2007, electricity consumption per capita decreased and stood at nearly 3 600 kWh in 2018.

    Total energy consumption peaked at 147 Mtoe in 2008 and subsequently ...

  • Issues & Prospects

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In the South Africa market report you will find the graphs mentioned below:

  • GRAPH 1: CO2-energy emissions (MtCO2)
  • GRAPH 2: Installed electric capacity by source (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 3: Gross power production by source (TWh)
  • GRAPH 4: Power generation by source (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 5: Gasoline & diesel prices (US$/l)
  • GRAPH 6: Electricity prices for industry and households (US$c/kWh)
  • GRAPH 7: Consumption trends by energy source (Mtoe)
  • GRAPH 8: Total consumption market share by energy (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 9: Final consumption market share by sector (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 10: Oil consumption (Mt)
  • GRAPH 11: Oil consumption breakdown by sector (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 12: Electricity consumption (TWh)
  • GRAPH 13: Electricity consumption breakdown by sector (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 14: Natural gas consumption (bcm)
  • GRAPH 15: Gas consumption breakdown by sector (2018, %)
  • GRAPH 16: Coal consumption (Mt)
  • GRAPH 17: Coal consumption breakdown by sector (2018, %)

In the South Africa market report you will find follow tables:

  • Economic Indicators: Annual historical data including population, GNP growth, imports & exports, inflation rate, energy security and efficiency indicators, CO2 emissions.
  • Supply Indicators: Historical data including oil & gas reserves, electric & refining capacity, energy production, power production and external trade. All detailed by energy source.
  • Demand Indicators: Historical data includes consumption per inhabitant, consumption trends, total consumption by energy source, final consumption by energy source & sector, and, electricity consumption by sector.
  • Energy Balances: Unique tabular display of the overall energy industry balance per annum, also graphically displayed by energy sub-segment.
  • Infrastructure Projects: Covers power plant projects by energy, technology, status and operator, Gas plant projects by status and operator and LNG contracts.

The South Africa market data since 1990 included in the Excel file is given below.
Historical evolution allows to easily work with the data.

2018 Key Data included in the excelsheet:

  • Economic indicators: Annual historical economic indicators, energy security, energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.
  • Supply indicators: Annual historical reserves, capacity, production and external trade (imports(+) exports(-) balance).
  • Demand indicators: Annual historical consumption per capita, consumption trends, total consumption, final consumption (per energy and per sector) and electricity consumption total and per sector.
  • Energy Balance: total and per energy.
  • South Africa Energy Prices: In addition to the analysis provided on the report we also provided a data set which includes historical details on the South Africa energy prices for the follow items: price of premium gasoline (taxes incl.), price of diesel (taxes incl.), price of electricity in industry (taxes incl.), price of electricity for households (taxes incl.), price of natural gas in industry (taxes incl.), prices of natural gas for households (taxes incl.), spot price of Brent and CO2 emissions (from fuel combustion).

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