Methane Gas

Methane Gas in Rwanda

Methane Gas Resources is found in the Lake Kivu in the Eastern African Rift Zone. The lake contains high concentrations of naturally occurring methane gas (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), with the highest concentrations at depths ranging from 270m to 500m at an area of around 2,400 sq.km.

The oxygenated upper layer of the lake from the surface to a depth of 60m supports the lake’s biology. The resource is equally shared between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Until 2004, extraction of the gas was done on a small scale, with the extracted gas being used to run boilers at a brewery in Gisenyi. Since then, the Government of Rwanda has prioritized the production of electricity from this unique resource in order to address the growing electrical energy deficit.

Completed and Ongoing Methane-to-Power Projects

a) KivuWatt project, a subsidiary of Contour Global (US-based Company) entered into commercial operations since 31st December 2015 and operates at base load with a nominal gross capacity of 26 MW.

b) Kibuye Power (KP1) pilot project located in Rubavu district, has been generating around 3MW of electrical power with the design capacity of 3.6 MW; In 2016 Symbion Power acquired the KP1 barge and onshore facility.Symbion through the liquidation process and is now mobilizing funds to revive the plant and scale it up to 25 MW.

c) Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd, a subsidiary of Symbion Power LLC, has signed on 8th December 2015 a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for a 50 MW net power output from methane gas. The Power plant will be located on Nyamyumba sector in Rubavu District. The first barge will provide 14 MW of electricity 15 months after the project reaches Financial Close.

Project List

Shema Power Lake Kivu

Shema Power Lake Kivu

Shema Power Lake Kivu Limited (SPLK ltd) signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for a 56 MW net power output from methane gas. The Power plant will be located on Nyamyumba sector in Rubavu District. The first barge will provide 14 MW of electricity 15 months after the project reaches Financial Close.

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Kibuye Power 1

Kibuye Power 1

pilot project located in Karongi district, has been generating around 3MW of electrical power with the design capacity of 3.6 MW; In 2016 Symbion Power acquired the KP1 barge and onshore facility.Symbion through the liquidation process and is now mobilizing funds to revive the plant and scale it up to 25 MW.

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KivuWatt Project Phase I

KivuWatt Project Phase I

A subsidiary of Contour Global (US-based Company) entered into commercial operations since 31st December 2015 and operates at base load with a nominal gross capacity of 26 MW.

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