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Title:Lake Kivu's Methane Gas: Natural Risk, or Source of Energy and Political Security
Author:Doevenspeck, Martin
Year:2007
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:95-110
Language:English
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Rwanda
Subjects:natural gas
energy policy
lakes
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Abstract:This article examines methane gas extraction from Lake Kivu in the context of the sensitive geopolitical situation in the central African region. It first analyses the current energy crisis in Rwanda and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as its political implications. Next, it sketches the origin of methane gas in Lake Kivu and the risks associated with the presence of dissolved gases in water, as illustrated by the deadly gas outburst of Lake Nyos in Cameroon in 1986. A description of current methane gas extraction projects in Rwanda and international initiatives promoting common energy projects in the Great Lakes Region, is followed by a discussion of the potentials, problems and risks of methane gas exploitation in a postcolonial environment. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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