Tlou Energy engages Zismo for transmission line

Kabelo Adamson
TLOU ENERGY MD: Gabaake Gabaake

Tlou Energy this week announced the appointment of local company, Zismo Engineering as the contractor for the 110 kilometre power transmission line.

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In October last year, Tlou Energy signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for the supply of 10 MegaWatts (MW) into the national grid.

Tlou which is a public listed company, focuses on delivering Gas-to-power solutions in Botswana and the rest of the Southern African region.

The company will feed power into the national grid through its most advanced project, Lesedi project through Coal Bed Methane (CBM) method.

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Announcing the appointment of Zismo on Monday, Tlou Energy Executive Director, Gabaake Gabaake said it has been a long journey for the company.

“Last year we managed to conclude a PPA with the government of Botswana which was 10 MW and also managed to conclude a financing deal with Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF) which enabled us to put some of the necessary infrastructure that we need to carry the electrons from the project area into the BPC grid,” said Gabaake.

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With the PPA secured and the part of the money Tlou needs, Gabaake said they were able to appoint Zismo to build the power transmission line.

The transmission line will be the first to be constructed by an Independent Power Producer (IPP).

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Zismo Engineering Managing Director, Justice Moilwa expressed excitement at the prospect of undertaking the project.

He expressed confidence that they will be able to deliver the project well within the time frame having built transmission lines for BPC in the past.

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The construction of the transmission line is set to cost P65 million and to be completed in 15 months.

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