31 Jul '14, 5pm

Gaza Power Station Wrecked

Gaza Power Station Wrecked

The Gaza Strip's only power plant was hit by Israeli shelling and caught fire earlier this week, according to news reports. "The power plant is finished," its director, Mohammed al-Sharif told The Guardian . The plant and its engineers were the subject of a profile in the December 2009 issue of IEEE Spectrum . Residents were only getting about four hours of power per day even when the plant was functioning. According to The New York Times , the plant was the main source of electricity for the territory, as eight of the 10 power lines coming from Israel had been damaged prior to the power plant's destruction. An Israeli military spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, told the Times the plant “was not a target.” The US $140-million diesel-fueled plant was conceived in 1994 during a lull in tensions in order to reduce Gaza's dependence on Israel, but it could never eliminate that ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/energy/fossil-fuels/ga...

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