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Botswana: CBM power plant making headways

Tlou Energy has partnered with IPC, a British power development company to tender for and develop a coal bed methane (CBM) power plant of up to 100MW at its Lesedi CBM Project in Botswana.

In January, Tlou Energy announced that it received a request for proposal (RFP Tender) from the government of Botswana to go ahead and prepare a tender for the project.

According to the company, the application process involved approval by government Cabinet, following which it was reviewed by the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board.

The last stage included the receipt of the request for proposal from the ministry of mineral resources, green technology and energy security (MMRGTES).

CBM power plant partnership

Under the agreement Tlou and IPC will jointly finalise work on a detailed proposal for submission to MMRGTES for the supply of CBM power in modular stages, including negotiations with various third parties on the terms of an off-take agreement, network access and project funding.

The IPP project will be supplied with gas from Tlou’s Lesedi CBM Project.

Tlou’s MD, Tony Glibly,commented: “Tlou is strengthening its position as the leading gas to power company in Botswana with the announcement of IPC as our preferred development partner.

“IPC brings power generation experience and funding partners to the project that significantly enhances its viability.  With an expanding gas reserves base, environmental approval for the upstream component of the proposed development and now a power development partner, we are in a very strong position.”

Key terms of the agreement

The key terms of the agreement are summarised below:

  • Tlou and IPC to jointly develop the IPP Project;
  • IPC to prepare a feasibility study for the IPP project to the satisfaction of both parties;
  • Tlou and IPC to jointly prepare the RFP Tender response to submit to MMRGTES;
  • IPC to arrange funding on behalf of the IPC and Tlou sufficient to support the RFP tender;
  • IPC and Tlou to bear its own costs in fulfilling its obligations under the Agreement;
  • IPC commitment to fund half of external costs incurred to prepare the RFP tender, up to $200,000; and
  • The agreement provides for exclusivity up to 31 December 2017, unless terminated earlier by either party.


Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.