Authors: Larona Sethunya Teseletso; Tsuyoshi Adachi
Addresses: Department of Geosciences, Geotechnology and Materials Engineering, Faculty of International Resource Science, Akita University, Akita, Japan ' Department of Geosciences, Geotechnology and Materials Engineering, Faculty of International Resource Science, Akita University, Akita, Japan
Abstract: Ensuring affordable and sustainable energy access is core to Botswana's adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 7). Presently, the country has deficient electricity supply whose local demand is expected to increase through to 2030. However, proven domestic coal resources would provide a cheap alternative source to enhance the electricity supply capacity. This study evaluates a potential coal mine, Sese mine, whose objective is to alleviate supply. It is valued using Real Options to determine its underlying project value. The investment model is leveraged from coal to electricity production by comparison of a prospective power plant location to minimise costs from producer to consumer. Scenario cost analysis of transportation systems is achieved to provide value to potential synergy for strategic planning. The findings show that the conveyor system has competitive cost advantage. Our study recognises the need for developing countries to utilise domestic resources to improve energy infrastructure to progress their economies.
Keywords: Botswana; strategic planning; real options; coal; electricity demand; sustainability.
African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.8 No.3, pp.185 - 208
Received: 25 Jun 2020
Accepted: 11 Dec 2020
Published online: 28 Jul 2021 *