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Methane-Fueled Plant Coming To Rwanda

Posted on October 3, 2011

Wärtsilä has received a contract to supply a power plant to the Republic of Rwanda, Africa. The order has been placed by KivuWatt Ltd., a subsidiary of the New York, U.S.A.-based international power company ContourGlobal. When operational, the power plant, which will use methane gas from the nearby Lake Kivu as fuel, will supply electricity to Rwanda’s national utility.

The plant will be powered by 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34SG gas-powered engines and have an electrical output of 25 MW. Future planned expansions to this project will increase this output by an additional 75 MW. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, and the plant is expected to be operational in the third quarter of the same year, according to Wärtsilä.

Lake Kivu, located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, contains high concentrations of naturally occurring methane gas. By tapping this fuel to generate energy, the need to import energy can be reduced. According to Wärtsilä, this is the first time that Lake Kivu’s methane gas will be used to fuel a power plant of this size.

This will be Wärtsilä’s second 25 MW power plant to be installed in Rwanda. ContourGlobal also operates a 100 MW multi-fuel Wärtsilä power plant in Togo.

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