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Construction Started on New Section of 16-inch Oil Pipeline

Construction has been started on a 15-mile section of the projected 16-inch 100-mile Eilat-Beersheba pipeline which will replace the existing eight-inch line, it was revealed today. The work is being carried out by a recently-formed international company headed by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

The eight-inch line was rushed to completion during the 1956 Sinai campaign. The Beersheba-Haifa pipeline, built afterwards, is 16 inches.

It was also announced that construction has been completed at Eilat, of new port installations to make possible offshore unloading of oil supertankers. The first of the supertankers is expected at Eilat in October.