Uzi Landau (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L)_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
“We are in contact with the Cypriot government regarding an electricity cable
connecting our grid with their grid, so that in the end Cyprus will have a power
station backing us up if needed,” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau
said Monday at the Globes Israel Business Conference in Tel Aviv.
same time, we will back up the Cypriot infrastructure,” he added.
was speaking on the panel entitled “Energy Sources: High Tension,” which
discussed the price of energy and its influence on the global economy, as well
as Israel’s place in the international energy market following the discovery of
its offshore gas fields.
“We want to create a situation so that by 2020
our electricity grid will have a 20% surplus,” he said. “Such a surplus would be
a safety net, prevent power outages and enable us to sell electricity to our
Regarding natural gas, he said: “This is one of four main
markets that can lead Israel’s economy and put it on the right road. We are
seeing the massive entry of gas into the field of electricity production. Today,
40% of Israel’s electricity is produced from gas. We have invested a billion
dollars in it and still saved money.”
“We are working so that there will
be not just one pipeline for the gas that will flow, but at least three
pipelines in the near future,” he said. “We are also talking about other
developments that will allow export of gas even if there is sabotage, as is
happening in Egypt, or a natural disaster such as an
Regarding water, Landau said the rate of desalination would
rise in the coming years.
“Israel already uses 6% of its energy
consumption to desalinate water, and this will reach 9% by 2020,” he said. “The
aim is to strike a balance in both sectors: electricity and water.”