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Rwanda’s methane gas plant risks failing

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By Robert Mugabe

rmugabe@greatlakesvoice.com

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Gisenyi, Rubavu-Rwanda’s ambition to reap US$ 25 billion (approximately Rwf12.5 trillion) in the next 50 years in the ongoing methane gas project in Lake Kivu if all the 60bn cubic metres of methane banked on the lake sea bed is extracted is at risk following pipe damage that has brought the plant to stand still, Great Lakes Voice has independently established.

Rwanda’s Methane gas plant situated in Lake Kivu of Rubavu district is risking failing since September last year when the main pipe that extradites methane gas from beneath the waters was serious damaged resulting employee lay off.

An official from the plant confirmed the reports that “the plant is not active” adding that the plant management is doing all possible ways to fix it as soon as possible.

“I am not going to tell you my names simply because our boss who is a white has refused everyone to speak to the press. What I can tell you is that we are busy fixing the pipe but I can’t tell you when it will be fixed. And the employees will come back.”

Sources in the Infrastructure ministry intimated to Great Lakes Voice that the infrastructure Minister wrote to the plant management to have the plant work.

The minister of state for energy, Aimee Francoise Isumbingabo refused to comment promising to avail details on Tuesday next week after field visit.

“Well, I can’t comment now since I am in a leave, my office will avail all details Tuesday next week,” Isumbingabo said on the telephone interview.

However, the employee of methane gas who preferred anonymity complained to Great Lakes Voice that since September 2011, the plant gave them a technical leave of six months which is unpaid and there is no hope for their return.

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