Lake Kivu set to power Rwanda.

Author:Dalby, Alexa
Position:Safety measures for lake - Brief article

Situated on Rwanda's western border, Lake Kivu seems innocent. It is both a prominent food source and--increasingly--a tourist hot spot.

But the lake stores 60bn cubic metres of methane gas, susceptible to underwater eruptions. From time to time, it degasses. Not only does the "degassing" keep the lake safe, it provides electricity for the region. Rwanda launched a pilot project to extract methane gas from the lake and use it as a power source.

Although the project is still in the early stages, the lake...

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