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Monday 25 October, 2021

Tlou Energy Ltd

Operational Report Quarter ended 30 September 2021

RNS Number : 0238Q
Tlou Energy Ltd
25 October 2021
 

 

25 October 2021

 

Tlou Energy Limited

("Tlou" or "the Company")

 

Operational Report - Quarter ending 30 September 2021

 

 

Tlou Energy Limited is developing power solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa through gas-fired power, solar power and hydrogen projects. The company is listed on the ASX (Australia), AIM (UK) and the BSE (Botswana). The Lesedi Power Project ("Lesedi") is the Company's most advanced project. Tlou plans to develop gas and solar power generation assets at Lesedi with electricity to be sold into the power grid.

 

Project Areas

The Company has three project areas in Botswana:

· Lesedi Project - Gas & Solar Power, Hydrogen production

· Mamba Project - Exploration & Evaluation

· Boomslang Project - Exploration & Evaluation

 

 

Lesedi Project Area, Botswana

Licences:  Production Licence 2017/18L, Prospecting Licences 001 & 003/2004 and 35 & 37/2000

Ownership:         Tlou Energy Limited 100%

 

The Lesedi project license covers an area of approximately 3,800 Km2 and consists of four Prospecting Licences (PL) and a Production Licence. The Lesedi Power project is located in the Company's Production Licence area (~800 km2). 

 

The Lesedi project has all approvals in place to allow development to commence. The first phase will be a 10MW power project with electricity to be sold to Botswana Power Corporation.  Once in full production, 10MW of generation could provide annual revenue of approximately US$10m.

Key stages of the development are outlined below:

· Construction and installation of an overhead transmission line and substations to connect Lesedi to the electricity grid

· Installation of generation assets

· Commissioning and testing

· Sale of first power

 

During the quarter, the Company agreed the terms including the interest rate for a facility to fund initial development of the Lesedi project. Legal agreements in relation to this proposal are being prepared. These agreements will need to be finalised and signed before the package becomes binding.

 

The status of the Lesedi area licences is as follows:

Licence

Expiry

Status

Production Licence 2017/18L

August 2042

Current

PL 001/2004

September 2023

Current

PL 003/2004

September 2023

Current

PL 035/2000

September 2022

Current

PL 037/2000

September 2022

Current

 

Mamba Project Area, Botswana

Licences:  Prospecting Licences 237-241/2014

Ownership:          Tlou Energy Limited 100%

 

The Mamba project consists of five Prospecting Licence s covering an area of approximately 4,500 Km2. The Mamba area is situated adjacent to Lesedi. In the event of a gas field development by Tlou, the Mamba area provides the Company with flexibility and optionality. 

 

The Mamba project is in the exploration and evaluation phase with further operations required on these licences. The next stage of exploration is likely to be core hole drilling. Positive results from operations at Mamba could expand the reserves footprint across Tlou's project areas.

 

In the event of successful development at Mamba, it is envisioned that this area would be developed as a separate project from Lesedi, again with the potential for gas-fired power, solar power and hydrogen production.

 

The status of the Mamba area licences is as follows:

Licence

Expiry

Status

PL 237/2014

September 2023

Current

PL 238/2014

September 2023

Current

PL 239/2014

September 2023

Current

PL 240/2014

September 2023

Current

PL 241/2014

September 2023

Current

 

Boomslang Project Area, Botswana

Licence:  Prospecting Licence 011/2019

Ownership:          Tlou Energy Limited 100%

 

Prospecting Licence, PL011/2019 designated "Boomslang", is approximately 1,000 Km2 and is situated adjacent to the Company's existing licences. 

 

To date, the Company has not carried out ground operations in the Boomslang area having only received environmental approval to commence exploration activities earlier this year.

 

The status of the Boomslang area licence is as follows:

Licence

Expiry

Status

PL 011/2019

March 2022

Current

 

Hydrogen

Tlou's Hydrogen plans are also gathering pace. During the quarter Tlou signed a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Synergen Met Pty Ltd, a leading hydrogen developer applying unique intellectual property in the form of plasma technology to convert methane to hydrogen. The HOA involves the construction and commissioning of a hydrogen and solid carbon prototype to be installed at the Lesedi Project.

 

Design work has commenced on the prototype unit which is proposed to produce hydrogen and solid carbon using Tlou's existing gas flows at Lesedi. The prototype will be constructed and tested in Queensland prior to transportation to Tlou's Lesedi project in 2022.

 

10MW Power Purchase Agreement

Post quarter end the Company announced that a 10MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed between the Company and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). Under the terms of the PPA, BPC will purchase up to 10MW of power generated at Tlou's Lesedi power project. The PPA is for an initial five-year term with the 10MW project being the first phase of Tlou's planned power project expansion.

 

By Authority of the Board of Directors

Mr. Anthony Gilby

Managing Director

 

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For further information regarding this announcement please contact:

 

Tlou Energy Limited

+61 7 3012 9793

Tony Gilby, Managing Director

 

Solomon Rowland, General Manager

 

 

 

Grant Thornton (Nominated Adviser)

+44 (0)20 7383 5100

Harrison Clarke, Colin Aaronson, Lukas Girzadas

 

 

 

Shore Capital (Broker)

+44 (0)20 7408 4090

Jerry Keen, Toby Gibbs, John More

 

 

 

Vigo Consulting (PR - UK)

+44 (0)20 7390 0230

Patrick d'Ancona, Chris McMahon, Kendall Hill

 

 

 

Six Degrees (PR - Australia)

 

Ashley Seller

+61 418 556 875

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking information involves risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results. No representation is made that any of those statements or forecasts will come to pass or that any forecast results will be achieved. You are cautioned not to place any reliance on such statements or forecasts. Those forward-looking and other statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. Tlou Energy Limited undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

 

Appendix 5B

Mining exploration entity or oil and gas exploration entity
quarterly cash flow report

Name of entity

Tlou Energy Limited

ABN

 

Quarter ended ("current quarter")

79 136 739 967

 

30 September 2021

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

Current quarter
$A'000

Year to date (3 months)
$A'000

1.

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

1.1

Receipts from customers

1.2

Payments for

 

 

 

(a)  exploration & evaluation (if expensed)

 

(b)  development

 

 

 

(c)  production

 

 

 

(d)  staff costs

(168)

(168)

 

(e)  administration and corporate costs

(223)

(223)

1.3

Dividends received (see note 3)

 

 

1.4

Interest received

 

 

1.5

Interest and other costs of finance paid

 

 

1.6

Income taxes paid

 

 

1.7

Government grants and tax incentives

 

 

3

3

1.9

Net cash from / (used in) operating activities

(388)

(388)

 

2.

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Payments to acquire:

(a)  entities

 

(b)  tenements

 

 

 

(c)  property, plant and equipment

(46)

(46)

 

(d)  exploration & evaluation (if capitalised)

(336)

(336)

 

(e)  investments

 

 

 

(f)  other non-current assets

 

 

Proceeds from the disposal of:

 

 

(a)  entities

 

(b)  tenements

 

 

 

(c)  property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

(d)  investments

 

 

 

(e)  other non-current assets

 

 

2.3

Cash flows from loans to other entities

 

 

2.4

Dividends received (see note 3)

 

 

 

 

2.6

Net cash from / (used in) investing activities

(382)

(382)

 

3.

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

3.1

3.2

Proceeds from issue of convertible debt securities

 

 

3.3

Proceeds from exercise of options

 

 

3.4

Transaction costs related to issues of equity securities or convertible debt securities

 

 

3.5

Proceeds from borrowings

 

 

3.6

Repayment of borrowings

 

 

3.7

Transaction costs related to loans and borrowings

 

 

3.8

Dividends paid

 

 

(3)

(3)

3.10

Net cash from / (used in) financing activities

(3)

(3)

 

4.

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents for the period

 

 

6,385

6,385

4.2

(388)

(388)

4.3

(382)

(382)

4.4

(3)

(3)

(75)

(75)

4.6

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

5,537

5,537

 

5.

Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents
at the end of the quarter (as shown in the consolidated statement of cash flows) to the related items in the accounts

Current quarter
$A'000

Previous quarter
$A'000

5,537

6,385

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.5

Cash and cash equivalents at end of quarter (should equal item 4.6 above)

5,537

6,385

 

6.

Payments to related parties of the entity and their associates

Current quarter
$A'000

113

 

Note: if any amounts are shown in items 6.1 or 6.2, your quarterly activity report must include a description of, and an explanation for, such payments

 

Item 6.1 includes payment of Directors salaries, fees and office rent.

 

7.

Financing facilities
Note: the term "facility' includes all forms of financing arrangements available to the entity.

Add notes as necessary for an understanding of the sources of finance available to the entity.

Total facility amount at quarter end
$A'000

Amount drawn at quarter end
$A'000

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total financing facilities

-

-

 

 

Unused financing facilities available at quarter end

-

 

 

 

 

8.

Estimated cash available for future operating activities

$A'000

Net cash from / (used in) operating activities (Item 1.9)

388

Capitalised exploration & evaluation (Item 2.1(d))

336

Total relevant outgoings (Item 8.1 + Item 8.2)

724

Cash and cash equivalents at quarter end (Item 4.6)

5,537

Unused finance facilities available at quarter end (Item 7.5)

-

Total available funding (Item 8.4 + Item 8.5)

5,537

8.7

Estimated quarters of funding available (Item 8.6 divided by Item 8.3)

8

8.8

If Item 8.7 is less than 2 quarters, please provide answers to the following questions:

 

1.  Does the entity expect that it will continue to have the current level of net operating cash flows for the time being and, if not, why not?

 

Answer:

 

 

2.  Has the entity taken any steps, or does it propose to take any steps, to raise further cash to fund its operations and, if so, what are those steps and how likely does it believe that they will be successful?

 

Answer:

 

 

3.  Does the entity expect to be able to continue its operations and to meet its business objectives and, if so, on what basis?

 

Answer:

 

 

Compliance statement

1  This statement has been prepared in accordance with accounting standards and policies which comply with Listing Rule 19.11A.

2  This statement gives a true and fair view of the matters disclosed.

 

 

Date:  ......25/10/2021..........................................................

 

 

Authorised by:  .....By the Board.........................................................

(Name of body or officer authorising release - see note 4)

 

Notes

1.  This quarterly cash flow report and the accompanying activity report provide a basis for informing the market about the entity's activities for the past quarter, how they have been financed and the effect this has had on its cash position. An entity that wishes to disclose additional information over and above the minimum required under the Listing Rules is encouraged to do so.

2.  If this quarterly cash flow report has been prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards, the definitions in, and provisions of, AASB 6: Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources and AASB 107: Statement of Cash Flows apply to this report. If this quarterly cash flow report has been prepared in accordance with other accounting standards agreed by ASX pursuant to Listing Rule 19.11A, the corresponding equivalent standards apply to this report.

3.  Dividends received may be classified either as cash flows from operating activities or cash flows from investing activities, depending on the accounting policy of the entity.

4.  If this report has been authorised for release to the market by your board of directors, you can insert here: "By the board". If it has been authorised for release to the market by a committee of your board of directors, you can insert here: "By the [name of board committee - eg Audit and Risk Committee]". If it has been authorised for release to the market by a disclosure committee, you can insert here: "By the Disclosure Committee".

5.  If this report has been authorised for release to the market by your board of directors and you wish to hold yourself out as complying with recommendation 4.2 of the ASX Corporate Governance Council's Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, the board should have received a declaration from its CEO and CFO that, in their opinion, the financial records of the entity have been properly maintained, that this report complies with the appropriate accounting standards and gives a true and fair view of the cash flows of the entity, and that their opinion has been formed on the basis of a sound system of risk management and internal control which is operating effectively.

 

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