Record Natural Gas Use: 69% of Israel’s Electricity

Half that electricity was produced by the IEC, while the remainder was supplied by private power plants.

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Israel hit a record amount of natural gas production of electricity on Tuesday evening: As of shortly before 8 P.M., 69% of the country’s power was being produced from natural gas.

Some 11,936 megawatts of electricity were being produced at 7:53 P.M., of which 8,250 megawatts were from natural gas, stated the Israel Electric Corporation. The remaining production was from coal and diesel fuel.

Half that electricity was produced by the IEC, while the remainder was supplied by private power plants.

A month ago, a technical problem limited private power plant Dalia Energies to half its production capacity of 430 megawatts. To make up the shortfall, the IEC put coal-fired plants back into commission.

Israel’s gas comes from the Tamar offshore gas reserve, controlled by Israel’s Delek Group and U.S.-based Noble Energy. Another larger reserve, Leviathan, controlled by the same companies, has yet to come online.