Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe told Parliament recently that the two companies are working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will result in the Japanese company harvesting sulphuric emissions from the BCL Mine in Selebi-Phikwe.
The harvested emissions will then be turned into sulphuric acid to be used in bleaching of uranium.Botswana expects to start mining uranium in the Serule area in two years time. Sulphuric acid is used in the production of almost all manufactured goods.
In his debate of the Midterm Review of the National Development Plan 10 (NDP10) under the sustainable environment
theme, Kedikilwe said the acid production partnership would help create jobs for the mining town of Selebi-Phikwe.He said the mining company is working on a trilateral agreement with Itochu and Botswana Railways to transport the processed product to markets abroad.
Meanwhile, Gaborone South MP, Kagiso Molatlhegi has implored government to establish a Green Building Council, which would advise the country on ways to construct energy and resource efficient buildings. He urged the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MEWR) to bring to Parliament a Green Technology Policy and a National Adaptation Plan.