This research service provides a strategic analysis of the implications of shale gas development in South Africa. The research service explores the market drivers, restraints, and challenges from a cost benefit perspective pertaining to both the environment and the economy. Key focus is based on implications of shale gas in South Africa's power generation sector and how to benchmark shale gas as a feedstock in the nation's energy matrix. The research service provides a market development analysis that historically tracks milestones in the emergence of the South African shale gas market. The research service is designed to be a pre-market outlook at the potential implications of the development of the shale gas market in South Africa.