New Gas Pipeline to Connect Central Israel to Offshore Fields

An aerial view of the Israeli gas rig Tamar situated off the Israeli northern coast. (Albatross Aerial photography/Nobel Energy/Flash90)

Factories, businesses and homes in the center of the country will soon be able to take advantage of Israel’s natural gas riches, as a new pipeline was inaugurated Tuesday. The “eastern pipeline” will connect directly to the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields and a natural gas processing station in Ramle, and from there gas will be distributed to customers in the center of the country, and to northern Israel.

Until now the only gas line connecting Israel to the gas fields off the country’s shore ran along the coast. The additional line boosts Israel’s gas production capacity by at least 30 percent, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said, and will enable hundreds of new customers to take advantage of the lower energy costs natural gas provides.

“This is a substantial and important project, and with this new pipeline we will be able to serve Israel from east to west, and north to south,” Steinitz said at the inauguration ceremony Tuesday. “We will pay less and breathe cleaner air as hundreds of factories connect to the line. We are in the midst of a natural gas revolution in Israel, and everyone will benefit.”

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