TEL AVIV (Jul. 10)
Japanese firms are interested in the construction of a railway from Sdom, on the Dead Sea, to the Israel pat of Eilat, on the Gulf of Akaba, Dr. Dov Joseph, Minister for Development, announced here today. He said that the railway would help facilitate the export of potash from the Dead Sea works to the Far East.
New installations at the new potash plant at Sdom have gone into operation, using the new caranlite from the evaporating pans, whose total area has been increased from eight to 20 square kilometers. Speaking to newsmen at the plant, Dr. Joseph said that there was a possibility that bromium production would be started, using bitumin layers north of Sdom. He also said that construction was beginning on the Negev town of Dimona, which is intended mainly to house potash plant workers.