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Ireland Government announces €8.8m investment in solar power plant for water treatment in Gaza

00:00  04 december  2019
00:00  04 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The deal was announced as Coveney visited the North Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant (NGEST). Coveney stated that poor drinking water was the leading cause of child mortality in Gaza , and that Irish funding would help provide a steady supply of electricity, in light of Gaza ’s critical energy

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., announces funding of € 8 . 8 m for construction of solar plant in Gaza . Gaza has a critical energy shortage, which means that it is particularly difficult to power water treatment facilities. I am pleased, therefore, today to announce a

Simon Coveney wearing a suit and tie: Tanaiste Simon Coveney © Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Tanaiste Simon Coveney

The Government has announced it is investing €8.8 million into construction of a solar power plant to treat contaminated water in Gaza. Ireland will fund the building of a 7.5 megawatt plant that will provide energy to the NGEST wastewater treatment plant in the north of the region. Some 97% of Gaza’s natural water supply is unfit for human consumption, by World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.

Ongoing electricity shortages in Gaza also mean that residents only have access to electricity for around 12 hours a day and big installations use diesel fuel to power generators. Once completed, this project will provide for the full energy needs of NGEST and any excess power will be distributed to other water and wastewater facilities throughout northern and central Gaza.

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The water resources of Palestine are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is subject to provisions in the Oslo II Accord. Generally, the water quality is considerably worse in the Gaza strip when compared to the West Bank.

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The French Development Agency, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will partner with Ireland on this project, which will also use treated water to irrigate 1,500 hectares of farmland. Some of the land used for the solar plant lies within a military buffer zone imposed by Israel and this project will be the first time that land in the area has been made available for infrastructure.

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Tenders for the solar component are expected to be launched in January 2020. Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney made the announcement today. Speaking from the NGEST plant in Northern Gaza, where he met the head of the Palestinian Water Authority Minister Mazen Ghunaim, he said: "Water pollution is the leading cause of child mortality in Gaza.

"Undrinkable water is keeping families poor, as they spend up to one third of their income buying water. "Gaza has a critical energy shortage, which means that it is particularly difficult to power water treatment facilities. "I am pleased, therefore, today to announce a major investment by Ireland, working with France, to address these issues through providing a solar energy solution to the energy needs of the NGEST water treatment plant in Gaza. 

"Importantly, many of these solar panels will stand in land previously designated as off-limits by the Israeli authorities. "Opening up this land for humanitarian uses, and particularly for solar installations, has huge potential in a place where land is so scarce.  "Investments like this are critical to counter the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. "Ultimately, however, we know that only a political solution can lead to real development in Gaza. 

"In particular, we need to see an end to the blockade of Gaza, an end to the cycle of conflict, and an end to the political division between Gaza and the West Bank."

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