WASHINGTON (Dec. 20)
The Kaiser Engineering Company of Oakland, Calif, and the Catalytic Construction Company of Philadelphia have been chosen to carry out a technical study in Israel to determine the feasibility of the joint desalting program of Israel and the United States, it was reported here this weekend. The program aims to determine the usefulness of nuclear energy for such desalting programs.
The Oakland firm specializes in nuclear and hydroelectric power and treatment plants. The Philadelphia firm specializes in chemical processing plants including desalting operations. Work will start immediately on the $300,000 project which is scheduled to take between eight and nine months for completion.
A tentative agreement was signed yesterday with the formal contract to be completed in Israel in January. It was understood that Kaiser Engineering and Catalytic Construction would cooperate with Israeli engineers specializing in this field. Gen. Tzvi Tsur, chief coordinator of the Israel desalting program and members of his delegation left yesterday to return to Israel.