In Southern Africa, Tlou Energy Limited has been granted a Mining Licence for the Lesedi coal bed methane (CBM) project by Botswana’s Department of Mines in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security.
According to Tlou’s managing director Tony Gilby, this license was the first application of its kind to be lodged in Botswana.
“The awarding of the Mining Licence by the Ministry is a major milestone for the Company, further de-risks the project, and is an important prerequisite to developing the first commercial gas-to-power project in the country,” Gilby explained in a company statement.
He added: “The issue of a Mining Licence will pioneer the development of a new and exciting natural CBM gas industry in Botswana, an industry that will lead to a new indigenous source of energy, income and employment for the country.”
“Having been granted a Mining Licence will also further enhance our proposal for the Botswana Government sanctioned CBM fuelled pilot power project which is due to be submitted later in the week,” Gilby added.
Request for Proposal for Lesedi CBM project
Earlier this year, the Company received a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Ministry for the development of up to 100MW of CBM fuelled pilot power plants in the country.
In a statement at the time, the company said 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). Read more…
The energy firm is planning to lodge its proposal to the Ministry this week in advance of the closing date of August 23, 2017.
The planned submission outlines a scalable CBM gas-to-power project.
A scalable approach, with power connected to the grid in phases both enables Tlou to sell power into the grid sooner, thereby generating earlier revenue for the Company and allows staging of capital expenditure.
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