By the end of 2023, it is anticipated that Rwanda will start producing methane gas from Lake Kivu for cooking, industrial use and vehicles.
The project involves the construction of an offshore gas extraction facility along with onshore gas processing and compression plants for CNG which comes in the wake of the global struggle of high fuel and gas prices across the continent. Currently in Rwanda, a 12-kilogramme cooking gas cylinder costs at least Rwf 18, 500, an increase of about a half, compared to Rwf12, 600 in 2020.
We’ve also learnt that the Gasmeth company construction site near lake Kivu will be constructed in two phases
“It is going to be constructed in two phases, the first phase is going to be composed on one badge, the location, where we are standing now is going to be where the badge is going to be assembled, and then after it is going to be taken where the gas is going to be extracted which is approximately 30-35 km from here,” Steven Manzi, GASMETH construction Manager explains.
After extracting the gas, it goes through a series of verification, such that we can attain the natural gas which is the CNG gas we need. The gas will be brought via pipes, it will come below the lake and onshore.
In February 2019, the Rwandan government and Gasmeth Energy Company agreed to a $400 million deal to capture and convert Lake Kivu methane into compressed natural gas (CNG). However, a number of things, notably the pandemic breakout of COVID19, caused a delay.
With the Rwandan government, the Gasmeth company entered into a 25-year concession arrangement for the extraction of 40 million standard cubic feet per day of natural compressed gas.