Egypt gas pipeline blast 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israel's supply of natural gas was cut off on Saturday because of a technical problem at the Tethys Sea consortium gas terminal in Ashkelon.
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Israel's other source of gas, through the Sinai pipeline from Egypt, has been cut off since an explosion occurred, prompting authorities to stop the flow of gas to Israel last month.
The first direct effects of the Egyptian upheaval on Israel were avoided
Thursday after the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) asked for and received
permission from Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan to run their
turbines on polluting fuel and diesel oil on Saturday instead of natural
A few months ago, Erdan issued orders preventing the IEC from
burning the more highly polluting fuels without his express
The IEC was concerned it would not be able to meet demand
over the weekend because the supply of natural gas from Egypt had yet to resume,
and the domestic supply was going to be temporarily disrupted.
Energy, which operates the Mari-B field that produces the other half of the gas
to run some 40% of the IEC’s production capacity, has been begging for the last
four weeks for a 12- hour hiatus from supplying gas to replace a pump. Although
the IEC had been postponing granting permission in the hopes that the Egyptian
gas would resume, it decided it could no longer put off the repairs, lest the
capacity to meet demand over the summer be compromised, the electric company