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Rwanda has no history of production and no exploration wells have ever been drilled in the country. Small companies have evaluated possible prospects in Lake Kivu that was formed within the East African Rift but have not committed to exploration seismic or drilling. Globalshift does not forecast any future production of oil or gas from the country in the short or medium term.

Methane in Lake Kivu

Dissolved in the deep waters of Lake Kivu are billions of cubic metres of methane and carbon dioxide derived from subsurface volcanic eruptions. For comparison 2 lakes in Cameroon are filled with carbon dioxide and one of them, Lake Nyos, suddenly released a large volume of this gas in 1986, suffocating around 1,700 people.

Lake Kivu is the only lake known to contain methane, held underwater by the pressure of the water. A number of companies are working on harnessing energy from this methane. In late 2015 the KivuWatt project began to produce power using a barge to suck up water from which it extracts and purifies the methane before pumping it back into the lake. Other companies are also investing and there is a potential to at least double Rwanda’s electricity generating capacity.

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