Pioneering P42bn fuel producing plant for F/town

Morupule Coal Mine
Morupule Coal Mine

CAPE TOWN: A pioneering $4.2 billion (P42.5 billion) Coal-To-Liquids (CTL) plant is set to be established in Francistown in what would be Botswana’s first step in tapping into its 212 billion tonnes of coal resources to manufacture petroleum products.

A joint venture private energy company, Coal Petroleum says it has commenced the development of a 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) Coal-To-Liquids co-generation and Fertiliser Project to be located in the Dumela industrial area of Francistown.

The project will be run over three phases from 2016 until 2020 and is expected to also deliver up to 304 MW power to the Botswana national grid. The intention is to ultimately scale the facility to a capacity of 50,000 bpd.

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