Tlou starts next phase drilling at Botswana CBM project
Sydney-listed Tlou Energy has started work on the next phase of drilling at Tlou's Lesedi coalbed methane (CBM) project in Botswana, it said on March 15. Operations have begun on a core hole and will be followed by drilling of the next gas production well.
The objective of the core hole is to provide additional geological control in the vicinity of the planned Lesedi 6 gas production pod. The core hole, C8-1X, is at a depth of approximately 200 m with a proposed total depth of about 550 m.
Tlou is planning to spud Lesedi 6 later this month. The pod consists of three wells in total, one vertical production well and two intersecting lateral wells. Lesedi 6 is located approximately 500 m west of the existing Lesedi 4 production pod.
Lesedi 6 is the first well of a planned drilling programme to expand gas production at the Lesedi project. Gas from Lesedi 6 is planned to be used for electricity generation for the existing 10 MW power purchase agreement with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) once the transmission line, substations and associated electrical infrastructure are in place.
The transmission line for grid connection from the Lesedi project to BPC's Serowe substation is approximately 60% complete with anticipated completion towards the middle of the year, Tlou said. Stringing of the power poles has already commenced and work is continuing in relation to the substations at either end of the transmission line, the company added.
Last year, Tlou raised A$3mn ($2mn) for the drilling of gas production wells and associated costs in relation to the development of the Lesedi power project.