Tel Aviv (Aug. 13)
The first load of coal for the new power station at Hadera arrived in Israel this week from Australia. The 60,000 tons will start off-loading next week when a ship with special cranes, also carrying coal from Britain, arrives off Hadera tomorrow.
The new power station, largest in the country and the first to be fired by coal, will start working within a couple of weeks, at first on heavy oil until enough coal has been piled up in its storage bins. During the first stage the coal will be off-loaded into barges for carriage ashore. But work is proceeding on the construction of landing stages some two miles off-shore which is to be linked with the shore by a conveyor belt.
Construction of the pier has been delayed by the destruction during a storm last winter of the building equipment. Plans to off-load the coal at Haifa port were stymied by the Haifa municipal council and residents who said the handling of coal in town would be an ecological and health hazard.