BIO participates in a loan facility of USD 91.25 million with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and the African Development Bank to support the KivuWatt project, which aims at removing and processing otherwise hazardous methane gas trapped in the waters of Lake Kivu for use as fuel to generate critically needed electricity. The project is expected to add 25 Megawatts to the national electricity grid.

On September 18th, 2015 the first gas was extracted.

Watch a video explaining how it works here.


  • Investment amount (€):

    USD 10 million

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  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Reduce lethal risk of the increasing amount of methane gas in Lake Kivu
    • 2 — Increase electrification in Rwanda (from 6 to 10%): connect 25.000 people to the national electricity grid
    • 3 — Social services provided to the local population: Kivuwatt invests in primary schools and finances fishing boats (commercial activities in the lake)
    • 4 — Job creation: 250 jobs in construction and 61 permanent jobs during operations (to increase to 100 in phase 2)
    • 5 — Geneartion of substantial corporate taxes for Rwanda

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