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The death lake shall be the source of energy for Rwanda

On Tuesday wrote to the rwandan government, through two government companies, under a contract worth the equivalent of 3.5 billion kronor with the energy company Gasmeth Energy, which is owned by businessmen from the united states, Nigeria, and Rwanda, writes Rwandatidningen The New Times.

must be a key part in reaching the goal to provide all residents of the country electricity by the year 2020. Authorities hope that the methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas and affects the climate, to reduce the water heating by wood and coal in the country.

– We expect to get gas as people can afford to buy and that also is environmentally friendly, " says Clare Akamanzi, the chief of the Rwandan utvecklingsstyrelse to the Reuters news agency.

But there are also other reasons to drop the Lake Kivu gas.

– The deep lake contains methane and carbon dioxide dissolved in the water. These gases pose a real risk to all life in the vicinity of the lake as the levels continue to be built up, " says Akamanzi to The New Times.

the smaller quantities of gas out of the lake and in the long term, expect the authorities to the gas, in addition to sold in bottles, also will generate a total of 700 MW of electricity over a period of 55 years.

Lake Kivu is one of several gas-filled lakes of volcanic origin in the region threatens those who live around it. On 21 August 1986, released in the Lake Nyos in the northwest part of Cameroon under a few hours away from hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide, which quickly pushed away all of the oxygen in the surrounding villages and choked over 1,700 people and 3,500 cows and other livestock.

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