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AIM, ASX and BSE listed Tlou Energy announced in a statement on Monday that it had started drilling at the Lesedi coal bed methane (CBM) Project in Botswana, Southern Africa.
The vertical wells along with the top-hole sections of the lateral wells will be drilled first. Thereafter, the lateral sections of the wells will be drilled using specialist directional drilling equipment.
The statement highlighted that the rig was set up, the conductor section of the well was drilled and casting set. Tlou plans to drill the Lesedi 3P well to a depth of 580m.
The Lesedi production wells will be drilled as dual lateral pods which will be comprised of only one vertical production well intersected by two lateral wells.
The drilling will be followed by production testing to convert a significant portion of the current gas resources to reserves and to deliver gas to power stations close to the Lesedi project.
Once drilled, the wells will be connected by a workover rig. Production start-up is targeted to commence early next year.