Finally, Kivuwatt puts 22 meagwatts on grid, looks at second phase in January

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 Finally, Kivuwatt puts 22 meagwatts on grid, looks at second phase in January

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.

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