Botswana To Engage Coal Bed Methane Power Plant Bidders

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The Botswana unconventional gas sector seems to be taking shape after the government’s tender body, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB), took a decision to okay the government’s request to engage bidders for the 100MW project.

Lesedi CBM Horizontal Pilot Well Schematic

The move will embolden junior miners like Tlou Energy who are looking to be at the forefront of Coal Bed Methane revolution in Botswana. PPADB has through a public notice published in the Botswana Daily Newspaper dated 14 May 2019 moved to engage Tlou Energy and another bidder.

The PPADB has through the notice revealed that it has approved the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s request to engage in negotiate with bidders in respect of a tender for Development of a Maximum of 100 mw Coal Bed Methane Fueled Pilot Power Plants in Botswana.

The bidders are Tlou Energy Limited and Sekaname (Pty) Ltd. “The Company will liaise with the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security and the PPADB to obtain further clarity on the above and will update the market once official confirmation has been received,” stated Tlou in a note. 

Request for Proposal (RFP)

On 10 October 2018 the Tlou Energy submitted its comprehensive response to the RFP for the Development of a Maximum of 100 MW of Coal Bed Methane Fuelled Power Plants in Botswana. 

The submission outlined a staged development commencing with up to 10MW of generation as well as outlining project feasibility, proposed field development, installation of power generation facilities and supply of power into the grid in Botswana.  Upon successful completion of the initial project, the company would look to expand.

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