HC Deb 14 July 1924 vol 176 cc24-5
59. Mr. BECKER

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the amount of horse-power which is being developed on the River Jordan in Palestine; are oil engines still being used7/20/2007; and what is the total amount of horse-power which it is proposed to develop under the Rutenburg concession?


As the reply is rather long and contains many figures, I purpose circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

As the hon. Member has already been informed, no electricity is being developed by water-power in Palestine at present. The Jaffa Electrical Company have installed oil engines developing 1,000 horsepower, to be increased shortly to 1,250 horse-power. The Palestine Electric Corporation are installing oil engines developing 1,200 horse-power at Haifa. The Jordan scheme comprises the construction, in succession, as the demand for electricity increases, of three waterpower stations developing 24,000, 24,000 and 50,000 horse-power respectively. The ultimate maximum amount of power which can be generated hydro-electrically in Palestine is estimated very roughly at 200,000 horse-power. The Jordan concession is not yet in force.