Israel to supply natural gas to power plant in Gaza

The Qatari envoy for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip announced the signing of the agreement between Israeli gas company Delek, Qatar, the UN and the European Union. Israeli Energy Minister Steinitz: The international agreement was reached in full coordination with us  

Israel to supply natural gas to power plant in Gaza

A tanker truck arrives at the power plant in Gaza in September. Photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

After years of negotiations, international agreements were signed yesterday for the installation of natural gas supply systems from Israel to the power plant in Gaza. The Qatari envoy for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, Mohammad al-Emadi, announced the agreement, intended to upgrade the electricity network in Gaza, which was signed by Israeli gas company Delek, Qatar, the UN and the European Union. 

IDF radio station Galei Tzahal reported that al-Emadi announced that in the framework of the project, a new pipeline, which will be jointly funded by Qatar (the section within Israeli territory) and the European Union (the section from the Gaza border to the power station), will stream gas directly from Israel to the power plant in the center of Gaza. It is one of two combined agreements: one between Delek and the Palestinian Authority for the sale of the gas itself, and the other for the laying of the pipeline.        

The international agreement on providing natural gas from Israel to the power plant in Gaza was reached in full coordination with Israel, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz wrote on Twitter. He said the flow of natural gas to Gaza would reduce air pollution in the region, and provide residents of the Gaza border area with cleaner and healthier air. The project still needs to be approved by Israel's government, but it is estimated that there will not be an objection.  

At the beginning of this month, Qatar announced an additional grant of $360 million to the Palestinians. The Qatari Foreign Ministry announced that the grant includes "provision to purchase fuel to run power stations for electricity, assist impoverished families and pay for salaries of thousands of employees." The Al-Monitor website reports that Qatar has provided more than $1.5 billion in aid to the Palestinians since 2014. 

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