The Company is pleased to announce that work has begun on the next phase of drilling at Tlou's Lesedi Gas-to-Power project. Operations have commenced 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, designated C8-1X, is at a depth of approximately 200m with a proposed total depth of ~550m.
Production Pod drilling
The anticipated spud for the Lesedi 6 gas production pod is 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 500m west of the existing Lesedi 4 production pod.
Lesedi 6 is the first well of a planned drilling program to expand gas production at the Lesedi project. Gas flows from Lesedi 6 are planned to be converted to electricity for the existing 10MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) once the transmission line, substations and associated electrical infrastructure are in place.
Transmission line and substations
The Transmission line for grid connection from the Lesedi project to BPC's Serowe substation is steadily progressing and is approximately 60% complete with anticipated completion towards the middle of the year. Stringing of the power poles has already commenced and work is continuing in relation to the substations at either end of the transmission line.