Tlou Secures Licence for CBM Power in Botswana
Australia's Tlou Energy has received a licence to generate electricity in Botswana a from coalbed methane (CBM) project it is developing, the company said on June 18.
The licence, issued by the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (Bera), has a 15-year term and is for a 2-MW pilot CBM and solar power plant at Tlou's Lesedi CBM site in the east of the country. In April Tlou signed an interim power purchase agreement to supply electricity from the station to Botswana Power Corp.
Tlou has development rights to 8,300 km2 of acreage in Botswana which it estimates could contain 90.6bn m3 of gas trapped in coalbeds. The company hopes to pioneer the development of the south African country's CBM resources as a power source. It has been undertaking gas flow tests and has filed a proposal with Botswana's authorities for a larger 10-MW CBM power plant.