Power outages caused by worker foul-up

TA area and communities further north lose power after natural gas company worker accidentally hits button shutting off energy supply.

reading power station 311 (photo credit: Yossi Weiss)
reading power station 311
(photo credit: Yossi Weiss)
The power outages that started in northern Israel and reached all the way to Tel Aviv on Monday were caused by a worker employed by the natural gas utility Netivei Gaz, the company revealed.
According to the firm, one of its workers either accidentally pushed or leaned on a button that shut down the natural gas supply to the Hagit power plant that supplies electricity to parts of northern and central Israel.
RELATED:Infrastructures Ministry solicits energy master planIsrael breaks electricity-use recordThe Hagit plant, near Yokne'am, produces 900 megawatts of electricity when running at full capacity.
Emergency services received hundreds of calls from Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan residents earlier on Monday complaining of power outages in the area.
Police also reported receiving calls to rescue people stuck in elevators of different buildings.
The Israel Electric Corporation said in the afternoon that they had managed to fix the problem at the Hagit power plant later and the outage affected area reduced to Herzliya and Raanana.