Monday, June 24, 2024

Botswana Oil Limited enlists services of US big lobbying firm as coal-to-liquid plans progress

Botswana Oil Limited (BOL) has enlisted the services of DLA Piper, a famous international law and lobbying firm known for defending big fossil fuel companies like Shell and BP as well as clients in the renewable energy industry.

According to a recent filing with the United States Department of Justice, which is a federal executive department of the United States government tasked with the enforcement of federal law and administration of justice, DLA Piper will represent BOL with the scheduling of meetings in Washington, D.C in relation to a prospective coal to liquids project.

This comes at a time when coal is enjoying a renaissance as a result of the conflict in Ukraine and as Botswana is preparing to operate its coal plants at full capacity in an effort to wean itself off fuel imports.

With regards to the nature of the agreement between BOL and DLA Piper, the filing states that: “The registrant will represent the foreign principal in connection with the scheduling of meetings in Washington D.C., Houston and/or Dallas with U.S. companies, multinationals, as well as U.S. government entities in relation to a prospective coal to liquids project. The registrant will perform these services for the foreign principal on a no fee basis”.

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