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Action is picking up on several fronts to discover, transport, and sell gas and oil in and off the western part of southern Africa.
The South African government's Department of Minerals and Energy and Shell International Gas signed a letter of intent in mid-February to develop a sustainable gas industry in South Africa's Cape Provinces.
At least three separate exploration! development and appraisal projects are under way in the Orange basin in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean:
* Shell is further appraising Kudu gas field off Namibia.
* Global Energy Holdings LLC, Denver, won a block off South Africa and plans to evaluate gas and unexplored oil plays.
* Forest Oil Corp. is working to commercialize Ibhubezi (formerly A-K) gas field off South Africa.
Shell South Africa and the ministry will study the potential to introduce gas from Kudu field off Namibia into the energy economies of South Africa's Western, Eastern, and …