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DRC to exploit natural gas beneath Lake Kivu

02nd June 2014

Democratic Republic of Congo's oil ministry has called for bids to explore natural gas reservoirs beneath Lake Kivu, the prime minister's office said on Friday

DRC to exploit natural gas beneath Lake Kivu
The announcement was made from the office’s twitter account and further details were not given

An oil ministry official said the tender process had not yet begun but added that Congo needed the gas to help meet its energy deficit.

The announcement was made from the office’s twitter account and further details were not given.

"It is very important that we exploit this gas, because otherwise it has the potential to explode and cause significant damage to the population," said the ministry official, who requested anonymity.

There has been no known incident on the lake, but in 1986 a gas leak on Lake Nyos in Cameroon suffocated about 1,700 people.

Industrial mining operators have only recently come to Congo's troubled eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, which have been the scene of violent conflicts stretching back for nearly two decades. 

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