The government of Botswana has sent Tlou Energy a request for proposal (RFP) for the development of up to 100MW of coalbed methane (CBM) power plant, Petroleum Africa reported.

According to Tlou, a field development plan is underway to progress a scalable power plant at Lesedi, informed Morning Star.

The proposed government power purchase agreement (PPA) will assist in fast tracking the development of the gas industry in the country, and creates a new market for Tlou’s independently-certified gas reserves and significant contingent gas resources of approximately 3.3Tcf.

The RFP requires details of the proposed field development, the installation of power generation facilities and supply of power into the grid in Botswana. The tender closes on in July 2017.

The Botswana government has developed this initiative to allow companies such as Tlou to develop pilot plants and facilitate the development of their CBM resources to levels which may lead to the supply of gas to the government-owned 90MW Orapa Power Plant.