The Israel Electric Corporation signed the first agreement of its kind with the Palestinian Authority, in which the electricity supply to the Jenin area will be increased by means of a new power plant. Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz stated: “The agreement emphasizes our commitment to a continued coordination of civilian activities.”
Steinitz: “An innovative agreement.” Photo Credit: Yossi Weiss/IEC
In the wake of the Israeli government’s decision to decrease Gaza’s power supply, the first commercial agreement of its kind was signed this morning (Monday) between the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) and the Palestinian Authority in order to increase the Jenin area’s power supply.
The ceremonial signing was attended by Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, IEC Director Maj. Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal and IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Yoav Mordechai.
For the first time, this agreement will ensure the provision of guarantees as payment towards the IEC, which will provide electricity to Palestinians in the West Bank. According to the agreement, a new substation will be activated in order to increase the power supply following a number of years of electricity shortages. As a result of the increased electricity demand, the IEC will initially provide the northern West Bank with 60 Megawatts.
New power plant to be established in order to increase power supply Photo Credit: Yossi Weiss/IEC
“This is an innovative agreement for the first time including guarantees to secure the Palestinians’ payments to Israel,” Steinitz stated. “The agreement emphasizes our commitment to a continued coordination of civilian activities with Palestinian Authority residents – with the understanding that this is an Israeli interest.”