Warning against stopping the Gaza power station due to running out of fuel
The Gaza Electricity Distribution Company has warned of the negative effects that may result from the shutdown of the only power plant in the Strip in the coming hours.
The Energy Authority in Gaza said that the Qatari fuel supplies to the power station have been suspended since last Tuesday, noting that the percentage of the deficit in providing electricity may reach 70%, if the station stops working completely.
The Gaza Strip relies on 3 main sources of electricity: the first of which is the power plant, which provides a maximum production capacity of 70 megawatts, and the Israeli electricity lines, which provide electrical energy of 120 megawatts, as well as the Egyptian lines, which provide an energy of 23 megawatts; These lines are subject to constant breakdowns and require constant maintenance.
The Gaza Strip’s electricity needs on normal days range from 450 megawatts to 500 megawatts, and the power plant needs 650,000 liters of diesel to operate at full capacity, which are difficult needs to achieve due to the obstacles of the occupation, political rivalries, and the closure of crossings.
Over the past years, it has provided financial grants to finance the purchase of fuel for the power plant in Gaza, the latest of which was the grant of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in January, estimated at 360 million dollars, to be disbursed during 2021, as part of the grant was allocated to operate the power station.
Since 2006, the Gaza Strip has been suffering from a severe crisis in the provision of energy sources. The Qatari grant has contributed to alleviating its effects on daily life.