Polluting Haifa oil refineries must close by 2025, PM’s economic adviser demands

Times of Israel | Jun 29, 2020 at 9:08 PM
  • In a watershed move for residents of northern Israel, the head of the National Economic Council, which advises the prime minister, announced Monday that the Bazan oil refineries that have long polluted the coastal city of Haifa, and largely defined its skyline, must be shut down within five years and replaced with a modern, green high-tech and residential hub.
  • Its refinery imports crude oil to make a range of refined products for industry, transport and agriculture, 40 percent of which are then exported.
  • Opposing calls to close it down, Bazan is asking the National Planning Council to approve its own plans to expand its complex and build a gas-fired power station on the property.