TEL AVIV (Dec. 13)
The Dead Sea Works Company said today its engineers had completed plans for a pipeline to carry potash from the Dead Sea to the port of Ashdod. The pipeline cost was estimated at 16,000,000 pounds ($3,333,000).
The potash would be converted to a fluid mix with magnesium chloride. After extraction of the potash, the chloride also would be exported, a step which would reduce considerably the price of Israeli potash for world markets and make it more competitive. The engineers indicated that other by-products, currently discarded for export, might also be shipped. Such use of those by-products is currently not feasible because of the high transportation charges.