Gaza, October 23 (QNA) – Egyptian authorities on Tuesday began pumping large quantities of Qatari fuel to the only power plant in the Gaza Strip in conjunction with the visit of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. Abdel Nasser Muhanna, General Director of the General Directorate of Petroleum, said that about 250,000 liters of Qatari fuel were pumped, pointing out that the process of began at 12.00 p.m. and lasted for four hours. Pumping the fuel to the strip was scheduled to resume on Sunday morning but the Egyptian authorities postponed it until today.
Muhanna said he expects the pumping process to continue tomorrow and the day after tomorrow to reach about 350,000 liters per day, noting that no fuel will be pumped during Eid Al-Adha. He added that the same amounts will be pumped after Eid until the whole amount is transferred to Gaza.
Gaza Strip needs around half a million liters of industrial diesel to run the sole power plant in the strip that has been under Israeli blockade for six years.
The Egyptian authorities halted the process of supplying Qatari fuel to Gaza since an attack on a security checkpoint in Sinai killed 16 soldiers on August 5. Qatar donated a shipload of 25,000 tons of diesel fuel to the Gaza power plant, which has been operating on partial capacity due to the lack of fuel. (QNA)