Tel Aviv (Feb. 8)
–Israel will produce between a quarter and a half of its electric power requirements from nuclear energy by the year 2000, according to Uzi Eilam, chairman of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. At the present rate of planning and preparation three or four nuclear power stations, each of 1,000 megawatt capacity, will be constructed within the next II years, he said.
Experts are investigating a number of possible sites for construction of the first nuclear power plants. Most of the equipment will be built within Israel but agreement will have to be reached with another country for the supply of the nuclear core. Eilam said that Negev phosphates could be utilized for the supply of part of the uranium required to fuel the reactors.