Palestinians seek to operate Gaza power plant by Egyptian gas: Official

10:50, June 08, 2010      

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A Palestinian official said Monday there are efforts to import the natural gas from Egypt to operate the sole power plant in the Gaza Strip, instead of using the industrial fuel imported from Israel.

Walid Sayel, chairman of the Gaza Strip Power Plant, said the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Energy Department is holding contacts to use the natural gas instead of the limited amounts of Israeli industrial diesel.

"If the plan works out, I believe that we can overcome the power cutoff crisis in the Gaza Strip, where the power station will work round the clock," said Sayel, adding "implementing the plan would need at least six months."

Since Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip after Hamas seized control of the enclave in June 2007, the Gaza Strip has been suffering from frequent power cutoff, as Israel reduced the amounts of fuels sent to Gaza.

After Israel carried out a three-week war on the Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009, the crisis of electricity mounted, where the current is cut off at least eight hours in large areas in the Gaza Strip.

"In case we receive a positive Egyptian response to import the natural Egyptian gas to the Gaza Strip and use it instead of the Israeli fuels, I believe that we can overcome the crisis forever," said Sayel.

He revealed that in spite of the difficulties the company faces due to the Israeli blockade, the technicians of the company are working on fixing the damages caused to the station to be ready for being operated by gas.

Source: Xinhua


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