Philip Morkel, Hydragas’ founder, built expertise in major energy projects in Africa over the past 30 years, which includes ins and outs of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu can extract up to $50 billion in revenues from the lake over at least 50 years. The technology has the potential of managing the arctic permafrost being threatened by climate change.
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes, located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. Its claim to fame is not pristine waters, rare fish, or an elegant shoreline. Instead, Lake Kivu, along with Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun, share the deadly habit of sporadically belching massive gas clouds of carbon dioxide.