Landau: Israel and Cyprus to link electricity
Dec. 12, 2011 - Guy Katsovich - globes.co.il
The Minister of National Infrastructures said that
a cable joining the Israeli and Cypriot grids would
provide mutual backup.
We are in contact with the Cypriot government regarding
an electricity cable connecting our grid with their
grid so that in the end Cyprus will have a power
station backing us up if needed," Minister of
National Infrastructures Dr. Uzi Landau told the "Globes" Israel
Business Conference today. He added, "At the
same time, we will back up the Cypriot infrastructure."
Landau was speaking on the panel entitled "Energy
Sources: High Tension," which discussed the
price of energy and its influence on the global economy
as well as Israel's place in the international energy
market following the discovery of its offshore gas
Landau said, "We want to create a situation
so that by 2020 our electricity grid will have a
20% surplus. Such a surplus would be a safety net,
prevent power outages and enable us to sell electricity
to our neighbors."
Regarding natural gas he said, "This is one
of four main markets that can lead Israel's economy
and put it on the right road. We are seeing the massive
entry of gas into the field of electricity production.
Today, 40% of Israel's electricity is produced from
gas. We have invested a billion dollars in it and
still saved money."
Landau continued, "We are working so that there
will be not just one pipeline for the gas that will
flow but at least three pipelines in the near future.
We are also talking about other developments that
will allow export of gas even if there is sabotage
as is happening in Egypt, or a natural disaster such
as an earthquake.
Speaking about water, Landau said that the rate of
desalination will rise in the coming years. "Israel
already uses 6% of its energy consumption to desalinate
water and this will reach 9% by 2020. The aim is
to strike a balance in both sectors - electricity