Client: Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Rhino Oil and Gas- Proposed Exploration Well Drilling in Targeted Areas of Interest in the Free State Province (294 ER)

October 10, 2022

Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Rhino Oil and Gas) intend to make an application for:

  • An amendment to the existing Exploration Right (ER) and Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) in terms of Section 102 of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, (No 28 of 2002) (MPRDA); and
  • An Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of Chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA).

Rhino Oil and Gas hold an ER and EA to explore for petroleum resources in the Free State Province of South Africa (reference 12/3/294 (ER 294)). The granted EA and ER permitted Rhino Oil and Gas to undertake an exploration work programme involving desktop studies and an aerial gradiometry gravity survey.

Rhino Oil and Gas undertook the studies and survey, and now proposes to advance exploration by drilling up to 40 exploration wells in two Target Areas within the ER. The first Target Area is located south of Petrus Steyn and the second Target Area lies south of the R34 between Kroonstad and Edenville. The specific well locations within the Target Areas are still to be confirmed based on landowner engagement and environmental investigations (to be completed during this application process). No hydraulic fracturing or fracking is proposed.

SLR Consulting (Africa) (Pty) Ltd has been appointed as the independent environmental assessment practitioner responsible for undertaking the required environmental assessment and conducting the public participation process.  The application will be subject to a scoping and environmental impact assessment process as stipulated in the EIA Regulations (GNR 982) made under Section 24(5) of the NEMA.  


Name: Theo Wicks (Project Manager) and/or Gugu Dlamini (Public Participation)
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 011 467 0945 / 066 171 3677


This Scoping Report is being distributed for a 30-day comment period from 10 October to 9 November 2022 to provide I&APs with an opportunity to comment on any aspect of the proposed project and the findings of the S&EIA process to date. A copy of the full report is available for download below. Please send your comments to SLR at the address, telephone number or e-mail address shown above by no later than 9 November 2022 for them to be included in the updated Scoping Report.