Extraction process A solitary 20m-long barge imposes itself on the lake.Construction of the barge was completed in April, and two pipes have been lowered into the depths of the lake, and will be used as in the extraction process.It is hoped the gradual release of CO2, along with the methane, could alleviate the pressure on the lake.
CO2 danger Methane gas reserves on Lake Kivu were discovered as far back as 1953.
As this project was the first of its kind internationally, and it stood to solve the country's energy problems, much was expected from the partnership.
But a few years in, the government expressed its dissatisfaction with the deal, and the partnership was ended in court.
Rwanda does not have the sole stake in Lake Kivu's methane reserves.
The spoils of the lake will have to be shared with its neighbour, DR Congo.