South Africa: Court strikes down Shell’s Wild Coast exploration right

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Monday, 5 September 2022 06:00

Residents demonstrate against Royal Dutch Shell's plans to start seismic surveys in Sigidi
Wild Coast residents join a demonstration against Royal Dutch Shell's plans to start seismic surveys to explore petroleum systems off the country's popular Wild Coast at Mzamba Beach, Sigidi, South Africa, December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

A South African court has ruled that inadequate consultation of local communities invalidates an exploration right granted to Royal Dutch Shell to conduct oil and gas exploration off the county’s Wild Coast.

The ruling annuls the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in 2014 allowing Shell and its partner Impact Africa to carry out seismic surveys. The case was brought by a coalition of environmental groups, who argued that the right should not have been granted because there was insufficient consultation with affected communities.