Tlou Energy Limited, the AIM and ASX listed company and another budding coal bed methane (CBM) developer have been selected by Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) to develop unconventional power projects in Botswana.
Tlou said it is awaiting full details from the Ministry of Mines Energy and Water resources (‘MMEWR’) in Botswana with the project expected to be for 50MW.
“We are elated by this decision and look forward to receiving the full details from the MMEWR. Although we always planned to expand our project beyond the 10MW initially envisaged as being fast-tracked for development, a 50MW project is five times larger than expected and a fabulous result for the Company,” the company’s acting Managing Director Gabaake Gabaake said.
He said a larger project also provides more options regarding project development as well as potential benefits from economies of scale. “This is a significantly transformative outcome which we believe is testament to the fact that Lesedi is the most advanced CBM Project in Botswana and to our strong governmental relationships. We look forward to updating the market in due course as we make progress towards fulfilling our vision to become a significant provider of energy in the region.”
CBM Power Project Approval In November 2015 Botswana’s Government Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources issued a request to submit technical information for the supply of emergency power to address the country’s chronic power deficiency and to assist fast tracking the development of the gas industry in the country.
This is due to the fact that the country imports significant amounts of power from South Africa due to the continued and still unsuccessful remedial work taking place at Botswana’s Morupule A and B coal fired power stations, the company said.
The initial proposal submitted by Tlou Energy was for a 10MW gas-to-power pilot project. The expected 50MW project approval is a welcome development and in line with the company’s plans to expand the Lesedi project to supply 50MW of power in the medium term in modular stages, added Tlou.
“The application process involved approval by Botswana’s Government Cabinet, following which it was reviewed by the PPADB, which has confirmed the successful outcome. The next step is for the Company to receive full details from the MMEWR. Once received, Tlou will commence work on a detailed proposal for the supply of CBM power, including negotiations on the terms of an offtake agreement, network access and project funding.”