Tshipise Energy

Map indicating location of Tshipise Energy Project

Ownership
Tshipise Energy (Pty) Ltd is a 50:50 joint venture between Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) and black economic empowerment (BEE) partner Vibrant Veterans (Pty) Ltd
Location
Contiguous to the Makhado Project, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Resource
1,674km2 gas exploration rights area, predominantly over Makhado Project
Investment
  • Tshipise has completed the collation of desktop studies undertaken by Geogas (Pty) Ltd on the coal bed methane (CBM) potential of the properties located in the Soutpansberg Coalfields
Employment (projected)
1,000
Permitting
  • Electro-seismic survey to determine exploration borehole site
  • More sites will be targeted at similar cost if results prove positive
Harnessing the benefits of fugitive gas
The Tshipise Energy project is exploring the CBM potential of the Soutpansberg Coalfield with a view to harnessing the benefits of fugitive gas which may otherwise escape into the environment during coal mining.
Tshipise Energy is applying global best practice in the prevention of methane escape into the atmosphere; ensuring management and control in line with the standards of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by applying the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn certified emission-reduction (CER) credits – each equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialised countries to realise some of their emission-reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC.
The initial phase of the CBM project involves the establishment of a test well and flaring facility which will afford compliance with the requirements of the UN programme and the sale of carbon credits. Technical work on the permeability and porosity of the trial site identified for initial exploration is underway.
Planning has also begun for a Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant exploration programme covering more than 50% of the project area. Subject to Board approval.