Group Gets License to Dig for Gold Near Eilat

View of the “Mushroom” geological formation in Timna Park in southern Israel. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli geological officials have conducted initial investigations indicating that there may be gold in the hills north of Eilat, and an Israeli company called Marbizei Zahav intends to find out. The Energy Ministry has in recent days issued a license to the company to conduct experimental mining in the Eilat area, where the company believes there may be gold, a report in Calcalist said.

According to Marbizei Zahav’s CEO Eliyahu Chacham, Canadian geologists whom he is working with have confirmed that there is gold. According to data supplied by the ministry, Marbizei Zahav has a license to search 20,000 dunams of land north of Eilat for minerals, among them gold.

This is not the first time there have been searches for gold in the area. Several decades ago, the Kil chemical company – then a state-owned firm – began searches for gold in the area, after studies showed that there was a potential for 3 to 4 grams of gold in each ton of soil. Initial searches took place, but were never followed up on.

Speaking to Calcalist, Chacham said that Marbizei Zahav was currently in the mapping and planning stage of its search. “The excavations are being conducted by an English and French company, who are currently preparing a work plan. We are investing an initial NIS 5 million in the project, after which we should have a better idea of the yield. We have met with local experts who told us what was found in the area in the past.” Chacham added that he realized there was a great deal of skepticism regarding the possibility that gold would be found, but he believes that the search will yield results.

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