The Gaza power station is in the process of being rehabilitated, meanwhile the fuel shortage continues

April 18, 2012: In 2006, the Gaza power station was bombed and its six transformers were destroyed. It has not returned to full capacity since. This week, the Islamic Development Bank donated four transformers to the Palestinian Energy Authority in order to improve the operation of the Gaza power station. With this donation, the power station could (theoretically) reach a production output of 120 megawatts instead of the 80 megawatts it is able to produce at present. The installation will likely be completed in July, yet, its benefits will remain limited without a regular supply of fuel.

In the meantime, the Gaza fuel crisis, which has been going on for close to three months, has yet to be resolved. Limited quantities of fuel continue to come in through the tunnels and private business owners also purchase fuel from Israel. This fuel is brought into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing. Rolling blackouts continue with eight hour blackouts followed by eight hours of power supply.

Since April 4, some 490,000 liters of industrial diesel enter Gaza every day, not including Saturdays and holidays. The daily quantity required for running the power station in its current capacity is 500,000 liters per day. Once the transformers are installed, the power station will need 700,000 liters of fuel per day.