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US firm Symbion Power to develop biogas project in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has selected US firm Symbion Power as the winner of a major contract for the development of the Makelele biogas project in Lake Kivu, reported APO Group.

The project will include over $300 million in investment for the development of a 60 MW gas-to-electricity system to connect consumers in Goma and the North and South of Kivu provinces via existing trading hubs.

The DRC is aiming to increase energy access from current levels of 10% to approximately 32% by 2030. The Makelele biogas project will play a crucial role in helping the country realise its electrification goals. With Lake Kivu's biogas potential relatively high - estimated at approximately 700 MW of electricity over a period of 50 years - the Makelele biogas initiative is intended to help strengthen the DRC’s energy sector by opening up new opportunities for power generation and sustainable development for decades to come.

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) - "the voice of the African energy sector" - has congratulated the move, and said it strongly supports the DRC and its leader H.E Didier Budimbu Ntubuanga for the milestone achieved.

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