The flow of natural gas from the Tamar gas field has been suspended, it was announced Sunday.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told reporters he ordered the suspension in gas flow in light of the current security situation in southern Israel.
Fifty-four percent of Israel’s electricity production is from Tamar natural gas. Depending on the length of the suspension, there is a possibility that electricity rates may rise.
The flow was halted gradually, the Globes business news site reported, following an order from Steinitz, who said energy production will continue from imported natural gas brought from a floating ship, and diesel and other heavy industrial fuel, both of which are heavier and more polluting.