Tlou Energy receives RFP to develop up to 100MW CBM in Botswana


Tlou Energy has received a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Botswanan Government to deliver up to 100MW of coal bed methane (CBM) power from the Lesedi project.

In June last year, the government announced plans to include 100MW of CBM generated power in its production programme to address the deficiencies in the country.

The RFP requires details of the proposed field development, the deployment of power generation facilities, as well as the supply of electricity into the Botswanan power grid.

Tlou Energy's managing director Tony Gilby said: “We are pleased to receive the RFP from the Botswana Government and look forward to providing them with a detailed, compelling, and compliant tender for our pilot power generation project at Lesedi. 

"[We] look forward to providing [the government] with a detailed, compelling, and compliant tender for our pilot power generation project at Lesedi."

“This is the next step in the path to a binding offtake agreement and is a testament to the fact that the Botswana Government remains committed to seeing CBM power projects developed in Botswana so that CBM can become a long-term indigenous source of cleaner energy for the country.

“Lesedi is a scalable project and being the first company in Botswana to achieve independently certified CBM gas reserves in 2016, as well as the first to receive Environmental Impact Statement approval, we are clearly well placed to deliver on our objectives.”

In July last year, Tlou Energy was selected to bid for the development of up to 100MW of CBM power in Botswana as an independent power producer (IPP). The closing date for the current CBM tender is expected for 12 July this year.

The current power purchase agreement (PPA) will help accelerate the development of the CBM gas industry across Botswana and develop a new market for Tlou Energy’s independently-certified contingent gas resources of 3.3 trillion cubic feet.