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Positive indications for Rwanda’s energy future

[img:Rwanda%20ps_0.jpg|The Jabana power
project in Rwanda]Kigali, Rwanda --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 05 December 2012 - All indications are positive for the energy sector in Rwanda as 2012 begins, with the government  intensifying its strategy that adequate energy is crucial to the acceleration of the country’s economic growth.

“The New Times” reports that one of the indicators is the Kivuwatt methane project in Kibuye, which is already underway and is expected to start producing an initial 25MW of electricity by July 2012. This will increase Rwanda's installed capacity by 40% before eventually producing 100 MW.

Rwanda’s KivuWatt energy project to move ahead

[img:Kivu%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|At work on the
waters of Lake Kivu]New York, United States --- ESI-AFRICA.COM --- 26 August 2011 - ContourGlobal ‒ a company which develops, acquires and operates electric power and district heating businesses around the globe ‒ has signed agreements for a loan facility of US$91.25 million to complete Phase I of its KivuWatt project, an integrated methane gas extraction and production facility and associated 25MW power plant on Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

Methane Gas Extraction in Lake Kivu: DRC and Rwanda join forces

[img:Kivu.thumbnail.jpeg| ]25 August 2009 - Before June 2010, methane gas in Lake Kivu, bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be jointly exploited.

Funds for a feasibility study for gas extraction have been granted by the European Commission (EC) and the funds should be availed in two months to start the study, which may cost between $1.5 million and $2 million.

Gas deposits in Lake Kivu to be exploited by DRC and...

[img:Kivu.thumbnail.jpeg| ]15 June 2009 - The DRC and Rwanda have joined forces to take advantage of the methane gas reserves, in the Kivu border lake, for the purposes of electricity generation it was reported from Kinshasa last week.   The project, which has an estimated cost of US$300 million, has a planned generation capacity of 200MW with a total capacity of 700MW says Eugene Serufuli Ngayabaseka, Congo's electricity chief

Gas deposits in Lake Kivu to be exploited by DRC and...

[img:Kivu.thumbnail.jpeg| ]15 June 2009 - The DRC and Rwanda have joined forces to take advantage of the methane gas reserves, in the Kivu border lake, for the purposes of electricity generation it was reported from Kinshasa last week.   The project, which has an estimated cost of US$300 million, has a planned generation capacity of 200MW with a total capacity of 700MW says Eugene Serufuli Ngayabaseka, Congo's electricity chief

100 MW gas-fired generation facility to be developed in Rwanda

[img:albert_0.jpg|Dr Albert Butare,
Minister of Energy
& Water, Ministry of
Infrastructure]3 March 2009 - ContourGlobal subsidiary ContourGlobal Kivuwatt Ltd has signed an agreement with the Republic of Rwanda to develop an integrated gas extraction and electricity generation facility that will provide 100 MW of natural gas-fired electricity to Rwanda and the East African region.

Power from gas

[img:rwanda.thumbnail.jpg| ]19 November 2008 - The methane gas reservoirs at Rwanda’s Lake Kivu are being utilised to generate 2MW of power reports from the Central African country say.

54% of the Rwandan electricity being generated by fossil fuels, and the remainder by hydropower.  Methane gas reserves however, could produce as much as 350MW over time in Rwanda and a similar amount in the DRC (which owns half the gas reserves).

Russian investment in Rwanda

21 September 2007 - A Russian envoy confirmed last week that the Russian Federation is 'thinking seriously' about investing in methane gas extraction from Lake Kivu in Rwanda. Technical hindrances, however, remain a stumbling block.

"I am thinking over this issue very tensely because of course I want our companies to come and participate in this very important economic project", Ambassador Mirgayas Mirgaiassovitch Chirinsky told the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) at his residence.

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