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Israel Electric and GE sign $280 million deal to build gas power unit

Israel Electric gas unit, Israel Electric, General Electric, Israel

The new unit will have produce 630 MW of electricity, replacing the old coal-powered unit

Israel’s largest electric power supplier Israel Electric has signed an agreement with GE for $280 million to establish a new gas power unit in one of its stations. In addition, Israel Electric said it has an opportunity to partner with General Electric on a second unit as well at Orot Rabin,  coal-fired power station situated on the Mediterranean coast in Hadera.

The units will each have a capacity to produce 630 MW of electricity, and replace the old coal-powered units. The International Electrotechnical Commission said that the country is focused on introducing the first new unit online by 2022, and the second unit during the second half of the year.

The country has signed the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a group of over 70 countries closely working to slowly transition from coal-powered electricity generation to renewable energy resources. Israel joined more than 25 countries in signing the agreement, including Canada, Britain, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

Last year, Israel published a national energy plan to stop use of coal by 2030.

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