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Rwanda Builds 50 MW Power Station

Kenya will next year remain in the global spotlight for the second year running when world leaders converge in Nairobi for the 14th quadrennial conference on   UNCTAD.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), story which brings together various Heads of State and Government, global corporate leaders, the academia and the civil society, takes place between July 17-22, 2016.

The conference provides another unique business opportunity for Kenya because it runs concurrently with the World Investment Forum and the Global Commodities Forum.

The UNCTAD conference which takes place every four years provides a unique opportunity to deliberate the challenges of moving from decisions to actions on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UNCTAD meeting takes place on the heels of the World Trade Organization conference scheduled for Nairobi next week (December 15-18) and the recently successful GES meeting in Nairobi  co-opened by US President Barack Obama and his host President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Country also recently hosted the Global leader of the 1.254 billion Catholics, Pope Francis during his premier tour of the African continent.

UNCTAD Secretary General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed today at State House, Nairobi, met with President Uhuru Kenyatta where they signed a joint statement announcing that Nairobi will host the global meeting.

“We look forward to welcoming the world to Nairobi for the first United Nations implementation conference since the conclusion of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July 2015, the Agenda 2030 in New York and the (just concluded) COP21 in Paris”, said the joint statement.


Intensive consultations between senior officials of the government and UNCTAD are ongoing in preparation for the July event.
Reigning league champions, mind Vipers SC return into action on Friday against Maroons following a three week break. Vipers had up to seven players featuring in the national team engagement in the recently successful Cecafa cup.

Hood Muliki’s second half strike was all that Maroons needed to settle matters when the two clubs last met in the Vipers preseason tournament. Before then Vipers had dominated their Friday’s rival winning three of the four meetings between them with one ending in stalemate.

Star midfielder, pilule Keziron Kizito and Shafiq Bakaki are not available for selection. Keziron was involved in a road accident while travelling with the Uganda Cranes from Soroti to present the Cecafa trophy to the president. Bakaki has been rested. Vipers JT youngsters, viagra approved Pius Wanji and Alfred Leku have been listed for selection.

“We would have loved to have Bakaki and Keziron around, unfortunately we won’t, but we still have a better side that can do the job against Maroons,” coach Golola said.

Maroons will be without first choice keeper Jamil Malyamungu due to illness together with midfielder Jamil Alimansi who is just from an injury.
Striker Patrick Kaddu is expected to do a late fitness test to determine if he will feature.

Maroons sit rock bottom of the table with five points from ten games while the hosts look to return to winning ways after two successive defeats to Police and URA FC that left them four points adrift of the leaders KCCA FC.

Other Fixture for Friday 11th December 2015

JMC-Hippos FC Vs BUL FC at Kakindu (4pm, Live on Azam TV)

Simba FC Vs Soana FC – Bombo

Sadolin Paints Vs Express FC -Bugembe

Bright Stars Vs Lweza FC -CS, Matugga


Police FC Vs URA FC – Kavumba R.G

The Government of Rwanda and Symbion Power Laker Kivu Ltd, treatment a subsidiary of the U.S. firm Symbion Power LLC have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for a 50 Megawatt methane gas to power project.

After this week’s signing, check Symbion Power is supposed to begin the implementation phase including working on a detailed design, buy more about procurement and permitting for the project.

The activities will be carried on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rubavu District, Western Province.

Symbion Power will build, own and operate a 50 MW power station by constructing gas extraction facilities to lift, separate and process methane gas, which is dissolved in the deep waters of Lake Kivu, and then deliver it to an on-shore generating facility located at Cape of Busororo in the Nyamyumba area of Rwanda.

Lake Kivu contains 300 km3 of dissolved carbon dioxide and 55 to 60 km3 of methane gas accumulated and trapped at significant depth in the lake.

The Minister of Infrastructure, James Musoni, welcomed the partnership. He pointed out that the government has invested in methane gas because, in addition to contributing enormously to the national power grid, its extraction is environment friendly. The power project will reduce the risk of gases trapped in the deep layers of the lake rising to the surface and endangering the surrounding communities.

“This additional 50 Megawatts will be a huge increment to the current installed capacity of 185 Megawatts nationwide. The government plans to sign a number of other deals to boost power generation.”

The CEO of Symbion, Paul Hinks, commended the Government of Rwanda for leveraging the country’s national resources:

“Unlocking Lake Kivu’s energy potential is a game changer for Rwanda. Our team is working hard to turn this resource into affordable, reliable power for Rwanda’s people,” said Hinks.

“We work with governments across sub-Saharan Africa to replace expensive, imported fuel with indigenous fuel sources to produce electricity and are honoured to have the opportunity to do that here in Rwanda as a part of our commitment to President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.”

The Symbion project is a key part of Rwanda’s plan to increase generation capacity.

Base load power generated from the lake resource by Symbion will help boost Rwanda’s electricity supply and lower the overall cost of electricity.

The first barge of Symbion Power Project will provide 14 MW of electricity 15 months after the project reaches financial close.

The full 50 MW will be commissioned within 36 months after the agreement completion. Lake Kivu contains an estimated 55 billion m3 of naturally occurring methane gas.

The total power generation potential of this resource has been conservatively estimated at more than 500 MW over 40 years.

The Government of Rwanda has set to achieve 70 percent of the electricity access rate from the current 24 percent and aims at having an installed capacity of 563MW in 2018.

Symbion’s Lake Kivu 50MW Power Project represents 30 percent of Rwanda’s total current installed capacity.

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