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Rwanda Extracts methane gas from Lake Kivu. www.theexchange.africa
  • Extracts from Lake Kivu are sustainable as it would take centuries to exhaust the gas already accumulated in the lake.
  • Darchambeau says that an explosion of Lake Kivu would present a risk to over two million people in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The Rwandan government made a US$400 million concession agreement with Gasmeth Energy to process and compress the methane gas onshore to create compressed natural gas (CNG).

Rwanda has come up with an invention of its kind, The KivuWatt power station. The energy producer lies somewhere between a renewable and non-renewable source of energy.

For thousands of years, volcanic activity in Lake Kivu has caused a massive accumulation of carbon dioxide and methane to dissolve in the depths of the water. The Engineers of the KivuWatt company have discovered a way to generate electricity from the lake.

There are only three such lakes: Lake Kivu, …

Rwanda’s Lake Kivu is documented to harbour huge amounts of the poisonous yet useful methane gas estimated at around 55 billion cubic metres.

The naturally occurring methane gas found below the lake is just one of the resources the Rwandan government plans to exploit.

On March 29, 2019, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) signed an agreement to provide advisory services support to the government of Rwanda for the negotiation of its deal with Symbion Power.

Powering Rwanda from Lake Kivu

The negotiation with Rwanda is for the development of a USD200 million-dollar energy plant by Lake Kivu.

The energy plant is expected to generate an additional 56 MW of electricity for Rwanda, marking a significant step in Rwanda’s efforts to increase its installed power generation capacity by 291MW to 512MW by 2024.

The plant will extract methane gas from the production area at Lake Kivu and use it to …