Rwanda signs US$400 million deal to produce methane gas from 'Killer Lake'
07.02.2019 11:23 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of this week, Rwanda authorities have signed a US$400 million deal with Gasmeth Energy to produce bottled gas from Lake Kivu, which emits such dense clouds of methane it is known as one of African «Killer Lakes»,
It is to be admitted, Gasmeth Energy is owned by U.S. and Nigerian businessmen and Rwandans.
As to the report, the seven-year project is to suck the gas from the lake deep floor and bottle it for use as fuel. This should, in turn, help prevent toxic gas bubbling to the surface.
It is to be noted, there are already two companies within Rwanda that extract gas from Lake Kivu to power the country electricity plants.
In meanwhile, the Rwanda officials admit the bottled methane would help cut local reliance on wood and charcoal (which most households and tea plants use within this East African nation of 12 million people).
It is to be said, the Lake Kivu is one of those African lakes which emit dense clouds of methane that sometimes kill the people nearing their shores.