the Lake Kivu is a delightful corner of Africa known for its lush green landscape and clear water. You might think it’s the perfect destination to unwind. However, visiting this island could you be fatal.
Scientists confirm the presence of large amounts of gas on the surface as well as in the depths of the lake. Which could lead to a ” limnic explosion » and spread a toxic gas cloud in the air.
Tension is at its height, especially since Nyiirangongo, the active volcano near the lake, exploded in May 2021. A situation that has not prevented KivuWatt from trying to exploit Kivu gas to make it a source of energy.
Other killer lakes in Africa
Lake Kivu is not the only one in this situation. In the world, we count 3 lakes of the same kind.
The first is Lake Kivu which is the result years of mining and extracting gas from the bottom of the water. It allowed to methanes and dioxides to rise to the surface. Outside, it is a heavenly place where you can relax. At 1,150 feet deep, it’s a mass of toxic gas just waiting for a spark to make…BOOM!!
” That’s what we call a killer lake. »
There are also the Nyos and Monoum lakes, in Cameroon, who have already known their first explosion during the 1980s. The propagation of the gases then led to the death of 1,700 people.
The situation in Africa worries scientists more. Indeed, if it were to take place, a new explosion would lead this time the loss of 2 million lives.
Exploit Lake Kivu to obtain green energy!
While the population is worried about the disappearances and the possible explosion of Lake Kivu, the scientists set up a daring project. According to Kivu Watt, gas exploitation would be possible. This would allow both to produce energy and of minimize the risk of lake explosion.
KivuWatt already has a platform made up of pipes and buoys, which could help in the extraction and exploitation of the lake. It is located 20 minutes by speedboat to the Rwandan limits of Kivu. The gas separated from the water will then be sent to a second platform in Rwanda to generate electricity.
“It’s a project halfway between a thermal power plant and a renewable energy plant. »
Priysham Nundah, Director of KivuWatt