Rwanda - (Loan to KivuWatt Limited) - Lake Kivu Integrated Methane Gas Extraction and Power Production Facility

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Feb 2011
Signature Date 24 Aug 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23260
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 19,210,967.16
Status Completion

Project General Description

The KivuWatt Power Project is located in the Kibuye area of the District of Karongi, Western Province of Rwanda. It will use waters in Lake Kivu. The border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo bisects Lake Kivu. The KivuWatt project is located wholly within Rwandan territory. The project extracts methane from the waters of Lake Kivu and use the gas to generate electricity that will be sold to the Rwanda electricity utility, Rwanda Electricity Corporation (RECO). Phase 1 of the project, which will generate 25MW, is expected to start commercial operation in 2012. The methane gas produced in Phase 1 will initially be used to power three gas engine generator sets, ‘Gas Extraction Facilities’ (GEFs). Phase 2 of the project, which will generate an additional 75 MW employing nine additional GEFs to expand KivuWatt to just over 100 MW of power, is expected to start construction six months after Phase 1 is commissioned.

Project Objectives

The Project aims at developing methane resources contained in Lake Kivu while at the same time reducing the risk of a potentially serious environmental incident from a naturally occurring explosive release of large quantities of these gases.


The project beneficiaries are KivuWatt Ltd., Rwanda Electricity Corporation (RECO) and the populations.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-RW-FG0-001
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Rwanda
Coordinates Location Name
-2.0597 29.3482 Kibuye
-2 29.1667 Lac Kivu