Lake Kivu: Turning a threat into prosperity
The large concentrations of CH4 are a source for sustainable energy production. Project KivuWatt plans to exploit the gas to generate electrical power that is very much needed in Rwanda. The water that will be pumped up from the lake to extract the CH4 also contains CO2. The water will be washed and re-injected in Lake Kivu, but at other depths. The risks associated with the gas extraction, such as lake instability, should be identified in order to ensure a safe and a socially and environmentally responsible extraction.
Royal HaskoningDHV together with TNO Oil & Gas has identified the risks associated with the gas extraction and power generation. Aspects that were assessed are the plant designs, the technology used, lake stability, EPC contracts, the implementation plan and financial model. Furthermore a review of the permits, EIA and SIA was made and a check carried out on compliance with IFC Performance Standards.