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Natural gas pipeline to Jerusalem completed

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Staff Writer | Thursday March 21, 2019 7:19AM ET
Israel Natural Gas
Middle East   The pressure reducing facility itself has not yet been completed

Israel Natural Gas Lines Company inaugurated the natural gas pipeline to Jerusalem in a ceremony attended by Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.


The 18-inch-diameter, 34-kilometer-long pipeline cost NIS 290 million to build.

The pipeline was built in two parts.

The western part starts at the Yesodot block valve station near the Soreq Interchange on the Cross Israel Highway.

The other part begins at the Mesilot Zion station next to Sha'ar Hagai and ends at the pressure-reducing station at Beit Zayit.

The pressure reducing facility itself has not yet been completed, and gas can flow only to enterprises and consumers in the Jerusalem area after it is completed, through the Rotem distribution company.

Connection of the first consumers to gas is scheduled for 2020.

Gas consumption in Jerusalem will differ from other areas in Israel, because private consumers will also use gas, mainly for heating during the cold Jerusalem winter, in addition to industrial enterprises and institutions.

Institutions using gas will include Hadassah Medical Center, Israel Museum, bakeries, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bank of Israel, the National Quarter (Kiryat HaLeom) and the Knesset, Tadmir, ABIC Biological Laboratories, quarries, Hartuv Cement, Asphalt Plants, Bet Shemesh Engines, and the Israel Police training complex.

Some of the customers have already signed gas supply agreements, while others are in negotiations.

 

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