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Methane Gaz


Methane gas resources available in the Lake is estimated to sufficiently generate 700 MW of electricity over a period of 50 years. Apart from electricity generation, this resource can also be used to produce agriculture fertilizers and other form of liquid fuel. Completed and Ongoing Methane-to-Power Projects include:

  • KivuWatt project, a subsidiary of Contour Global (US-based Company) plans to generate 100MW in two phases, the first phase, which was commissioned in December 2015 is currently producing around 26 MW that will be followed by the second phase of 75 MW.

  • Kibuye Power (KP1) pilot project located in Rubavu district, has been generating around 3MW of electrical power with the design capacity of 3.6 MW;  Symbion Power acquired  this power plant through the liquidation process and is now mobilizing funds to revive the plant and scale it up to 50 MW.

  • Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd, a subsidiary of Symbion Power LLC, has signed on 8th December 2015  a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for a 50 Megawatt (MW) methane gas to power project ,the Power plant will be located on Nyamyumba sector in Rubavu District.


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