The Government of Rwanda and Symbion Power Laker Kivu Ltd, a subsidiary of the U.S. firm Symbion Power LLC, signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for a 50 Megawatt methane gas to power project.

After the signing, Symbion Power is supposed to begin the implementation phase including working on a detailed design, procurement and permitting for the project. The activities will be carried on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rubavu District, Western Province.

Symbion Power will build, own and operate a 50 MW power station by constructing gas extraction facilities to lift, separate and process methane gas, which is dissolved in the deep waters of Lake Kivu, and then deliver it to an on-shore generating facility located at Cape of Busororo in the Nyamyumba area of Rwanda.

Lake Kivu contains 300 km3 of dissolved carbon dioxide and 55 to 60 km3 of methane gas accumulated and trapped at significant depth in the lake.

The Minister of Infrastructure, James Musoni, welcomed the partnership. He pointed out that the government has invested in methane gas because, in addition to contributing enormously to the national power grid, its extraction is environment friendly. The power project will reduce the risk of gases trapped in the deep layers of the lake rising to the surface and endangering the surrounding communities.