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Search for Oil to Be Intensified in Israel; More Oil Expected

The number of heavy oil drilling rigs in Israel will be doubled during the coming half-year and the search for oil will be intensified, it was learned here today in the wake of the recent discovery of Israel’s first oil in commercial quantities.

One of the most intensive projects is lined up for the Heletz sector where the Lapidoth company brought in its first well and where that will be deepened as a new one is bored nearby in the hopes of opening up a vast underground pool in the strata just below that one in which oil was found. Geologists and prospectors are also very hopeful over drillings halfway between Sdom and Ein Gedi.