SOUTHERN AFRICA – Tlou Energy, a company focused on delivering power in Botswana and southern Africa through the exploration and development of gas, solar and hydrogen, has announced that it is developing a hydrogen strategy to complement the Company’s gas-to-power project.
Tlou is in ongoing discussions with a number of parties in relation to a US$10 million project finance package for the initial phase of the Lesedi gas-to-power project which includes construction of transmission lines and sub-stations.
Two of these parties are currently working through their internal approval processes and have not expressed a specific need to conclude the 10MW PPA in order to progress. Others have indicated a preference for the 10MW PPA to be concluded prior to moving forward.
Tlou is not in a position to influence these third-party internal processes and therefore cannot estimate how long this may take.
Once a project finance package is in place and it is commercially prudent, significant work on the transmission lines and sub-station can be conducted. On the 10 MW PPA, confidential negotiations are continuing and progress is being made. A market update will be provided in due course.
The primary focus for the Company is to progress the Lesedi gas-to-power project. Development of hydrogen is planned to run in tandem and with time could develop into a lucrative opportunity for the Company given the availability of Tlou’s gas and solar power.
The hydrogen economy is rapidly developing and could open multiple additional business opportunities such as solid carbon products, oxygen, ammonia for energy storage, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), agricultural and medical applications.
Tlou is well-positioned to produce hydrogen from different methods. The Company has large and proven resources to develop these products. Methane for carbon and hydrogen, readily available water for hydrogen and oxygen, and virtually unlimited CBM / solar power to drive the process.
A hydrogen strategy would benefit from Tlou’s extensive approvals secured to date, including environmental, gas and solar generation licences, access to land and established in-country operational expertise.