Landau: Israel prepared for natural gas disruption
05 February 2011 17:31
Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau said that Israel is prepared for unexpected disruptions in the supply of natural gas from Egypt, such as the one experienced Saturday.
Landau said in a statement that a drill was held last June, in which exactly such a scenario was simulated. He added that Israel has the capabilities to immediately switch to alternative energy sources. The infrastructure minister said that his office is holding consultations with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and security officials as the events are monitored.
Earlier Saturday, an explosion or fire broke out in a natural gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Reports said that the explosion was an act of terrorism bu the Egyptian government said that the fire was caused by a leak.