Peat set to be the next great energy source

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The Rwandan government has signed an agreement with a Turkish firm to mine a locally available mineral, peat, which has been identified as a source of electricity.

An approximated 100 Mega Watts of electricity will be gleaned from the mineral, by Hakan Mining and Generation Industry and Trade Inc of Turkey.

The firm will reportedly construct a factory to process the mineral, locally referred to as ‘Nyiramugengeri’, sourced from swampy areas in Akanyaru, Gisagara District.

The factory is expected to be up and running in 12 – 15 months time. Mining activities will also begin.

An estimated Rwf 176 Billion will be pumped into the project, with the Energy and Water Sanitation Authority (EWSA) footing the majority of the bill.

A recent study revealed that there is over 155 Tons of Peat in Rwanda, covering over 50 hectares countrywide. The peat in Rwabusoro swamp located in Akanyaru has been found to be able to generate 450 MW over a 25-year period, and will increase electricity supply in the country by a whopping 90%.

Natural Resources Minister Stanislas Kamanzi was quoted as saying that Hakan Mining and Generation Industry and Trade Inc will be closely monitored to ensure that their mining activities be carried out in an environmentally-conscious way.

 

 

 

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Olive Ndaka is the Junior Editor for RwandaEye. An investor and young entrepreneur, she is a quick learner and has contributed many articles for RwandaEye in Kinyarwanda.

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