Commercial Chemical Companies Invited to Dispose of a Significant Part of Chemicals from Syria

Friday, 22 November 2013

In accordance with the decision of the OPCW Executive Council’s adopted on 15 November 2013 which requested the Director-General of the Organisation to explore ‘options for destruction in commercial chemical disposal facilities’ of a range of chemicals declared by Syria, the OPCW has invited commercial chemical disposal firms to convey to it their expressions of interest (EOI).

The EOI document lists 18 chemicals, mostly bulk commodity chemicals including some that are used and traded worldwide. A significant amount of Syria’s declaration of its chemical weapons programme includes chemicals that fall in the category of common industrial chemicals or otherwise chemicals that can safely be rendered harmless or destroyed.

The companies will be selected through a tendering process in accordance with established procedures.  
 
The chemicals to be disposed off commercially are estimated at 800 metric tons, accounting for a major part of the Syrian stockpile. Internationally accepted safety and environmental regulations will be strictly observed.

The commercial companies will also destroy the effluent resulting from the higher priority chemicals that will separately undergo “effective destruction”, as per the Executive Council Decision.

The estimated costs relating to the destruction activites to be undertaken by commercial companies is estimated at 35 to 40 million Euros.

A specific Trust Fund was established on 19 November 2013 and the OPCW
Director-General has called on all States Parties in a position to do so to provide voluntary contributions in support of the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria


Categories: Syria

For further information, please contact Michael Luhan, Head, OPCW Media & Public Affairs. Tel: + 31 (0) 70 416 3710 or +31 (0)6 5356 8512 or media@opcw.org | ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague, The Netherlands

More news

No image

OPCW Maritime Operation Completes Deliveries of Syrian Chemicals to Commercial Destruction Facilities

In a statement this morning to the OPCW Executive Council, Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü announced that all 1300 metric tonnes of chemicals removed from the Syrian Arab Republic by the international maritime operation have been...24 July 2014Full story

No image

OPCW Deputy Director-General Visits India and Inaugurates 12th Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia

The OPCW Deputy Director-General, Mrs. Grace Asirwatham, together with the Chairman of the Indian National Authority, Dr. Prajapati Trivedi, inaugurated the Twelfth Regional Meeting of National Authorities in Asia on 16 July 2014...18 July 2014Full story

No image

Sub-regional Training on Technical Aspects of the CWC Transfers Regime Held in South Africa

The OPCW and National Authority of South Africa jointly organised a training course for customs officers in east and southern Africa on the technical aspects of the transfers’ regime of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It...17 July 2014Full story

No image

H.E. Ms Vilma Kathleen McNish (Jamaica)

H.E. Ms Vilma Kathleen McNish, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 15 July 2014.15 July 2014Full story

No image

Workshop to Coordinate Assistance and Protection Held in Madrid

The 14th annual workshop to coordinate assistance and protection under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention was jointly organized by the OPCW and Spain’s CWC National Authority from 1 to 3 July 2014 in Madrid, with 26...08 July 2014Full story

No image

H.E. Maria Teresa Infante Caffi (Chile)

H.E. Maria Teresa Infante Caffi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Chile to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 4 July 2014.04 July 2014Full story

No image

H.E. Mr Mikalai Barysevich (Belarus)

H.E. Mr Mikalai Barysevich, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 4 July 2014.04 July 2014Full story

No image

Parliamentarians from Viet Nam visit the OPCW

A delegation of Parliamentarians from the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam led by the Vice-President of the National Assembly, H.E. Uong Chu Luu, visited the OPCW on 2 July 2014 and met with the Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet...03 July 2014Full story

No image

H.E. Dr Christoph Israng (Germany)

H.E. Dr Christoph Israng, tPermanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OPCW, presented his credentials to the Director-General on 3 July 2014. 03 July 2014Full story

No image

Transloading of Syrian Chemicals onto the Cape Ray Completed Without Incident at Port of Gioia Tauro

The OPCW has verified that the entire consignment of 600 metric tonnes of Priority 1 chemicals from the Syrian arsenal has been successfully transloaded from the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape...02 July 2014Full story

Displaying 1 to 10 of 1417
<< First < Previous 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Next > Last >>

OPCW news by e-mail

Subscribe

Are you subscribed already and wish to unsubscribe or update your profile?