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PHOTOS: Kagame Launches 26MW KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

President Kagame, CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brant and Minister James Musoni visiting KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant on May 16

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has unveiled KivuWatt Power Plant, sickness http://cosmoveda.de/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/widgets/class-wc-widget-rating-filter.php a methane gas power plant on the shores of Lake Kivu located in Karongi District, this web Western Province.

The plant, information pills a gas extraction and power generating facility, effectively adds 26 Megawatts to the national electricity grid in an effort to increase the country’s energy production capacity which now stands at 186 Megawatts.

By tapping the indigenous methane in the lake’s deep waters to provide low cost fuel for electricity generation, the Project plays a significant role in raising the electrification rate above 24 per cent.

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Officiating at the inauguration of the plant on Monday, President Kagame said that KivuWatt Power Plant is an example of what Rwanda stands for: an unwavering spirit.

“We keep trying until we succeed. What is important for me is not these plants or their location, but the electricity that is coming from them. To our neighbours and friends, if you wish to take the plant to scale to serve both Rwanda and DRC, you are most welcome,” the Head of State said.

The President further added that the 26 Megawatts is a very important and positive step, an indication of what is possible in addressing the energy-related challenges that the country faces.

President Kagame and CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brant unveil the inaugural Plaque at the Launch of the KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

President Kagame and CEO of ContourGlobal Joseph Brant unveil the inaugural Plaque at the Launch of the KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

KivuWatt developed and constructed a Gas Extraction Facility (GEF) and a power plant that began operations in December last year.

The GEF extracts methane from the depths of Lake Kivu and delivers the gas through a submerged gas transport pipeline to a shore-based power production facility with 26.2 Megawatts of gross capacity in Phase I.

The above is in accordance with a concession agreement with the Government of Rwanda and a power purchase agreement with Rwanda Energy Group.

Phase II of the project will consist of three additional GEFs and approximately 75 Megawatts of new capacity at the existing site.

KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

KivuWatt is the only gas/water extraction project currently operating in the world. It is managed by ContourGlobal, an American energy firm that was given a 25-year concession to produce 100 Megawatts from Lake Kivu.

The Government targets to have 563 Megawatts on the national grid by 2018.

The Project is financed by the African Development Bank, Netherlands Development Finance Company, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, and the Belgian Investment Company.

Kagame takes a tour of KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

Kagame takes a tour of KivuWatt Methane Gas Power Plant

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