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Methane gas chief engineer reacts on current plant status

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Kigali, Rwanda-Following the reports of struggling Methane gas project in Lake Kivu, linked to the pipe damage, Engineer Alexis Kabuto insists the plant is currently functioning but “not to its normal standards.”

Lake Kivu pilot Methane gas project is producing 5Mega-wats. Though experts believe the Lake can give 400MW per hour of methane gas in 70years.

However, Engineer Kabuto admitted that Kivu methane gas project was “halted by unusual circumstances beyond their normal control.”

“In the mid September last year, the plant encountered unusual storm that hit the platform breaking the 25 tone pipe that extradites methane gas from 500Metre resulting to stand still of the plant,” Engineer Kabuto said.

The master of hydraulic engineering from Stuttgart in Germany, and master of environmental engineering from Liege in Belgium, Engineer Alexis Kabuto believe one day, he will be able to have the plant of his own and break Rwanda’s luck of power.

“After the break of the pipe, we were like confused. We had to explore all ways to have the plant work again and light up Gisenyi town as we supply in the national hybrid.

We had to employ allot of technical expertise that has never been used anywhere in the history, just using my few local engineers to get the damaged pipe which was lying down beneath the dangerous lake until we got it on and fixed,” Kabuto explained.

According to the Engineer Kabuto, “the plant is running but in unusual and normal standards using temporary capacity.”

Dressed in casual smart style, Kabuto gradually pulled out his iphone displaying the massage in form of the report saying, “read here, we’re producing power as usual but in temporary way because we don’t have a valve.”

Employees lay off

“Yes, we suspended employees after the breakdown and we are bringing some very important employees because we can’t bring them at once.

Look, some of the employees are not competent enough, we need to take the precautions and minimize expenditures,” Kabuto added.

Developing the plant

According to kabuto, the plant have ordered the valve to have the plant secure. Adding that, the infrastructure ministry is planning to 6MW per hour to combat power problems in the country.

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