Israel resumes fuel supply for Gaza power station

Israel began pumping fuel for the Gaza Strip's only power plant through a cross-border pipeline on Wednesday, averting a threatened shutdown, officials said.

Israel resumes fuel supply for Gaza power station
Israel closed its Nahal Oz depot on Thursday, an Israeli official said.

"The terminal was opened today and one million litres of diesel will be pumped in for Gaza's power station," an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

Derar Abu Sissi, director of the power plant, said two tankers loaded with fuel, which is funded by the European Union, had arrived at the electricity generating station.

He said deliveries totalling 1 million litres (265,000 gallons) were expected.

Kanan Abaid, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority in the Gaza Strip, told a news conference on Tuesday the plant would have to shut down on Wednesday evening unless supplies resumed.

Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2008, 16:17
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