Under the threat from international oil sanctions in the past, the liquid fuel industry was losing less governmental intervention and regulation. It aimed to deregulate crude oil procurtightly regulated. The 1998 White Paper on Energy ushered in a new era of change by propement and refining, and to remove price control and import and export control.
The industry is regulated by the South African government’s Department of Energy which, in turn, is monitored by a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa is also responsible for regulating the petroleum pipelines industry in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Pipelines Act, 2003 (Act No. 60 of 2003).
The following legislation regulates the liquid fuels sector:
• The Petroleum Products Act, 1977 (Act 120 of 1977).
• The Central Energy Fund (CEF) Act, 1977 (Act 38 of 1977).
• The National Energy Act, 2008 (Act 34 of 2008).
Other relevant legislation includes:
• National Environmental Management Act, 1999 (Act 107 of 1999).
• Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (Act 28 of 2002).
• Petroleum Pipelines Act, 2003 (Act 60 of 2003).
• Petroleum Pipelines Levies Act, 2004 (Act 28 of 2004).
The DOE derives its mandate from the White Paper on the Energy Policy of December 1998. The White Paper on Renewable Energy of November 2003 supplements the White Paper on Energy Policy. The Energy Security Master Plan for Liquid Fuels, which was approved by Cabinet in 2007, primarily addresses the short to medium term infrastructural constraints within the sector.
A detailed list of the Acts, regulations, working rules, draft regulations, policies and strategy documents can be found here
on the Department of Energy website.