Gaza Power Plant Goes Offline due to Fuel Shortage

Tuesday February 28, 2012 17:55 by Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC News

Palestinian officials told IMEMC on Tuesday that the lack of fuel cased the only Gaza power plant to go offline, second time in two weeks; blackouts could reach up to 13 hours day in some areas of the Gaza Strip.

Illustration Photo – By Ghassan Bannoura

Ahammad Abu Al Amrien, the information officer of the Energy Authority in Gaza, told IMEMC that the power plant was taken offline because the fuel ran out. He added that the Authorities in Gaza are waiting on Egypt to send in the need fuel into Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

Last week Cairo agreed to supply Gaza with all the needed fuel supply and increase the supply of electricity to Gaza.

In normal situation Gaza need 310 Mega watt of electricity a day. But since the Israeli siege on Gaza that started on 2007, the Strip only gets 120 Mega watt which comes from Israeli and Egyptian power lines while 80 Mega watt come from the power plant.

Abu Al Amrien explained that now parts of Gaza will go dark for 13 hours day. Water filters and sanitation clarifiers will be effects by the electricity outrage.

Since the Israeli siege on Gaza became dependant on the fuel coming via the underground tunnels at the borders with Egypt.

The fuel crises increased in recent weeks when the Egyptian army increased its campaign targeting those tunnels. Today Egyptian security stopped 7,000 litters of fuel in route to Gaza via those underground tunnels.

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