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Qatar, PA agree to supply Gaza's power plant with Israeli gas

A tank truck raising Qatari flags transporting fuel for Gaza's sole power plant arrives to the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on June 28, 2021 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]
A tank truck raising Qatari flags transporting fuel for Gaza's sole power plant arrives to the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on June 28, 2021 [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

Qatar, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza's electrical company agreed on Sunday to advance a long-term project to supply Gaza's power plant with Israeli gas, a statement said.

The statement, issued by Qatar's envoy to the Gaza Strip, Mohammad al Emadi, stated that his country had signed a memorandum to invest $60 million to establish a pipeline to convey Israeli gas to Gaza's power plant.

According to the statement, final agreement on the initiative – Gaza for Gaza– has not been reached and could still be months or years away.

The initiative, which was described by The Times of Israel as a complex diplomatic endeavour, involves Hamas, the PA, Qatar, Egypt and the European Union, among other players.

Gaza has been suffering from a chronic electricity deficit for more than 16 years since the Israeli bombardment of its sole power plant which runs on imported diesel fuel.

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The project seeks to replace diesel fuel with gas from Israel.

Transitioning Gaza from diesel fuel to natural gas is widely viewed as an important solution to the enclave's electricity crisis.

Gaza has a large amount of natural gas reserves, but Israel has been preventing the Palestinians from using this gas.

Under the proposal, natural gas would flow from Israel's Leviathan gas field, which lies off Gaza's coast. The EU and Qatar would pay for the pipeline and the gas.

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