Following the 1st successful Shale Gas Workshop in Cape Town almost two years ago (1 March 2010), AEON-GFZ hosted the 2nd Shale Gas Workshop, Think Tank and Fieldtrip at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth (PE), SA from 15 - 17 February 2012. It was attended by more than 80 participants presented by academics from the GFZ Helmholtz Centre in Potsdam, Germany and various SA universities. The workshop was officiated by Prof. Andrew Leitch, Dean of Science, NMMU.
Core from the 1st academic shale gas drill hole by the NMMU shale gas research group was visited, incl. a new, 2nd drill hole to obtain fresh core for research purposes.
Over the last two years gas shale potential has featured prominently on the conference circuit, but these gatherings have predominantly focussed on socio-political and environmental issues. In contrast the GFZ-AEON workshops are geo-technical in nature, although some socio-economic issues were addressed.