Tlou Energy has begun production drilling operations at the Lesedi coal bed methane (CBM) project. The first pilot well, Lesedi 3P, spudded on 16 October. Tlou will drill the wells as dual lateral pods, comprising a single vertical production well intersected by two lateral wells. This will be followed by production testing with the potential to convert a significant portion of gas resources to firm reserves and to deliver gas to a proposed central processing facility and power station nearby.Production start-up from the pilot wells is targeted for early 2019.