Floating gas plant Rwanda produces green electricity
Since this summer, Rwanda has been winning green gas from Lake Kivu. That’s a good: should the gas release spontaneously, it will be perilous.
Floating gas plant – Kivu Watt – is located in Lake Kivu on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Approximately 65 cubic kilometers of methane with a value of at least 40 billion dollars, will be extracted. This is important for Rwanda since the economy is growing and the energy demand grows. But there is more.
A lakeful surrounded by eight volcanous
Africa’s vulcano Lake Kivu contains fixed quantities of gas, which makes it both dangerous and valuable. Therefore, winning the green gas out of the lake is wise. According to scientists, the amount of methane is increasing and simulations show that in 50 years, the gas will reach the surface by itself, with disastrous consequences. The carbon dioxide would linger into the valleys, with the danger of suffocation for over two million inhabitants.
Brand new technology
The methane gas is dissolved in the water in the deepest parts of the lake. That water is pumped up from 350 meters depth, then the gas is produced with new technology that extracts the methane from water.
A French engineer explains that the collaborating experts from all parts of the world. It also employs Rwandans during the construction even 500.
The largest contribution of Kivu Watt, is to the economy of Rwanda’s electricity supply. Daily, the electricity is blocked for several hours because the grid is overloaded. To accommodate these power cuts, companies and individuals are using diesel generators which are polluting and expensive. These floating gas plant produces 25 MW and another plant will produce 75 MW in 2019.
New high-voltage connection cables, will ensure green energy exportation to neighboring countries like DR Congo and Burundi.
The US energy giant ContourGlobal invested 50% (about 100 million dollars). Other investors are: FMO, the African Development Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and the Belgian Development.
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