The country’s Minister of Natural Resources, Evode Imena, says the government is aiming to launch a licensing round as soon as May.

The western part of Rwanda is located in the Albertine graben, which is the area of most interest to industry.

The most prospective geological play is located beneath Lake Kivu, which has an estimated 3500 metres of sediment.

There are two main basins in the lake, the biggest one located east of Idjwi island and measuring about 300 square kilometres.