Gov´t OKs 1st Israeli uranium exploration license (JERUSALEM POST) By SHARON UDASIN 04/04/12)
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The Commissioner of Mining at the Energy and Water Ministry granted
the first permit for radioactive uranium exploration in Israel to
Gulliver Energy Company, a firm chaired by former Mossad director
The one-year permit will allow for exploration in an area of 489.2
hectares (1,209 acres) in the Negev desert between Arad and Sdom,
next to Hatrurim Junction, the Herzliya-based company said on Tuesday.
As this is the first time that such an exploration will ever occur in
Israel, the company reported that it plans to consult experts from
abroad and to import equipment and instruments for the program.
During the Maya 357 oil explorations that were being conducted in the
Hatrurim area, researchers found signs of a high presence of
radioactive metals in the region, the company said. Gulliver Energy
happens to be a controlling shareholder of Zerach Oil, the firm that
was performing the oil drilling, and has signed an agreement with
Zerach granting it the right to search, mine for and produce
radioactive metals from the area, including uranium.
In return for that right, Gulliver will be paying a royalty rate to
Zerach of 12.5 percent, the company said.
Gulliver’s permit will allow the company to perform chemical analyses
of radioactive samples from the Maya 357 area and if necessary, to
expand existing drilling. By the end of its permit, the company said
it will submit a report summarizing its results and including
recommendations for future activity. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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