lake kivu.jpgThe Rwanda government says it will extract the growing quantities of methane under Lake Kivu to generate electricity.
Experts estimate that volume of gas, if burned, could produce enough energy to power much of Rwanda for close to 70 years.

Lake Kivu, which covers an area of about 2,700 square kilometers, straddles the border between Rwanda and the DRC.

Lake Kivu is said to be unique : its deep waters contain an enormous quantity of dissolved gas.

There are approximately in fact, 65 billion cubic metres of methane, in other words the equivalent of 50 million tonnes of petrol lying at the bottom of the lake under 250 m of water.

If it were exploited, this energy, veritable manna from heaven, would provide Rwanda with an almost inexhaustible source of energy, freeing it from worry about energy needs linked to its development projects.

The Data Environment Company has developed a pilot station for the extraction of methane for energy purposes and proposes various applications for this gas.