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Gaza power station to be fully operational for the first time since 2006

February 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority has announced that the power station in the Gaza Strip will be fully operational in May after the installation of four new electrical transformers. This will be the first time since 2006 that the plant will be working at full capacity. The transformers have been funded by the Islamic Development Bank and implemented through the United Nations Development Programme.

In a press statement, the Energy Authority said: “Once these transformers are installed, the power station in Gaza will be able to raise its production capacity to 120 MW for the first time since it was bombed by Israel in 2006.”

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, announced that a ship full of fuel for Gaza’s power station, donated by the State of Qatar, docked in the Egyptian port of Suez on Tuesday. He indicated that the fuel on board will enter the Gaza Strip within the next two days.

Speaking on satellite television, Mr. Haniyeh said that the fuel donated by Qatar is worth around $35 million. “It will keep the power station going for more than two months,” he added.