Palestinian MP Dr Salem Salama, a member of the economic committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council, announced that the Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip has discovered a natural gas field off the coast of the central province.
In remarks to Sout Al-Aqsa on Monday morning, he noted that the field is only 200 to 300 meters away from the central province’s beach, which means that the natural gas can be easily extracted.
“The fact that the field is so close to the beach will facilitate the work of any company that might invest in this field. The return will be great for the Gaza Strip, in economic terms,” he added.
Salama also revealed that the Palestinian Legislative Council has summoned the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Economy to provide more details about the subject and to discuss the government’s view on how to benefit most from this field.
The MP explained that the field was discovered by a number of Palestinian fishermen when they saw bubbles coming out from the water and thought they were the result of plants or fish moving. He pointed out that a number of navy personnel then took samples of the gas to the laboratories at the Islamic University, where it was confirmed that the substance was natural gas.
The Gaza Strip’s inhabitants have suffered for several years under an Israeli-imposed siege, including tight restrictions on the border crossings. This has often resulted in electricity cuts that increase in certain seasons due to the scarcity of fuel and the weakness of Gaza’s only power station, which has negatively impacted all aspects of life in the Strip. To make matters worse, the Israeli occupation also targeted the station in the summer of 2006.