Gaza's Electricity Crisis: Is it going to be improved after Israel resumed supplies?


Published: 2018-01-08 11:09

Last Updated: 2018-01-08 13:23

Palestinian Children in Gaza selling their wares. ( By: Mohammed Omer)
Palestinian Children in Gaza selling their wares. ( By:  Mohammed Omer)
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The Palestinian Energy Authority announced on Sunday that Israel will resume the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The authority said in a statement that 50 megawatts of electricity will be supplied to Gaza by the Israeli authorities, which will reduce hours of electricity cuts in the strip from 12 hours to 6 hours cut.

The move came following the Palestinian government decision to resume payments last week for electricity delivered to the blockaded strip after being cut earlier in 2017.

The additional 50 MW will slightly mitigate the power shortage in Gaza, Muhammad Thabet, the spokesman of Gaza Electric Distribution Company told the Jerusalem Post.

“We are talking about an additional two hours of electricity, meaning that we will go from four hours electricity daily to six hours,” he said.

“The Israeli teams started working on delivering an extra 50 megawatts to us. I hope we will be receiving the electricity in the next three to four hours.”

In general, Israel provides Gaza with total 120 MW of electricity via 10 high-voltage power cables in the Strip.

After the power supplement was reduced in June 2017, total power supplied was cut to 70 MW from the total 120 MW, which resulted in electricity cuts to around 16 hours a day.

It is not only the Israeli cables, Gaza's sole power plant was used to provide 60 MGW, but it was forced to shut down in early April 2017 after it ran out of fuel. However; Egypt's three electricity lines provide only 27 MW per day but are rarely operational.

However, the daily amount of necessary electricity power usage is between 450 and 500 MW.

Gaza electricity crisis started in June 2017, when the Palestinian government stopped paying for electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, as part of their effort to pressure Hamas to give up control of the Strip.

Around two million Gazan citizen are facing the crisis of electricity shortage, while some of them use private electric generators, solar panels and uninterruptible power supply units to consume power when regular power is not available.