After several months of postponement, the Kivuwatt project has finally put 22 megawatts from Methane gas on the national grid; and sets the process of the second phase to January next year.
The 22 megawatts are part of the planned 25 megawatts expected in the first phase of the project with the remaining 3 megawatts expected to be put on grid after the current testing are done.
The project is expected to generate 100 megawatts out of the anticipated 700 megawatts in the lake at both Rwanda and DRC sides where Rwanda has 350 megawatts making methane gas one of the country’s anticipated energy source.
“The remaining 3 megawatts are expected to be on grid after testing is done of the generators,” said John Bosco Mugiranea, Chief executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group in an interview with this website on Tuesday.
He adds, “We keep on testing and we are expecting that before the end of this year we would have completed.”
He adds that after the discussions the GlobalContour that has a concession of 25 years with the government will then sit with government toharness the kick off of the second phase.
“In January, they will review and discuss the challenges they met, then after their internal discussion they will come back to us and see they can start the second phase,” Eng. Mugiraneza said.
The global contour, An American Company carrying out the project that is expected to produce 100 megawatts from the lake postponed its initial production from July, 2015 to October after earlier target that was expected in 2012.
“Everything is ready,” Jarmo Gummerus, ContourGlobal’s country director said mid this year while commenting on the progress of the project adding both the facility and the plant are ready.
The government plans to upscale energy from the current 161 megawatts to 563 megawatts by 2018, implying the planned second phase that will kick off in January will impact positively on the achievement.