Centre for Chemistry and Technology Project

Investing in science and technology to uphold the Convention

The Centre for Chemistry and Technology – the ChemTech Centre – will be a recognised leader in research, analysis, training, and capacity building. It will be a flagship for the OPCW and its broader community and will significantly enhance the capabilities and standing of the OPCW as the global leader in the effort to rid the world of chemical weapons.

The Project

The OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store was inaugurated in 1996 in the town of Rijswijk, which is just outside The Hague. Initially, the work of the Laboratory and Equipment Store focused primarily on supporting the OPCW’s demilitarisation activities and missions, routine inspections of industrial facilities for verification purposes, and international cooperation and assistance activities.

In recent years, however, the work of the Laboratory and Equipment Store has changed and grown significantly to reflect States Parties’ changing and growing requirements. Currently, these include responding to the emergence of new chemical weapons threats, which require the development of new and improved verification tools and expanded capabilities to conduct non-routine missions, and providing greater support for international cooperation and assistance activities. 

The growing and evolving activities of the Laboratory and Equipment Store, however, have led to increasingly severe space constraints in the Rijswijk facility, which is a rented facility that has no possibility for expansion. Moreover, the facility’s infrastructure is aging as no major infrastructure upgrades have been undertaken since the OPCW’s arrival.

To meet the future needs of the Laboratory and Equipment Store, in 2017 the Technical Secretariat began to study options for upgrading their capabilities. Between September and November 2017, the Technical Secretariat prepared a report describing the need, initial estimated cost, and initial estimated timeline for a project to construct a new facility for the Laboratory and Equipment Store. The Needs Statement was presented to State Parties at the Twenty-Second Session of the Conference of the States Parties in November 2017, and the project to construct the new ChemTech Centre began.

Lab
Lab

Building for the future

The scope of the project primarily consists of the construction of the new ChemTech Centre, which will provide enhanced and enlarged facilities for the Laboratory, Equipment Store, and training, as well as the land and infrastructure required to accommodate and operate the building. The project scope additionally includes the decommissioning of the current facility in Rijswijk and the transition from this facility to the ChemTech Centre.

Team

Keep pace with current threats and remain fit for purpose ahead of future threats

Research

Conduct research activities to support and strengthen the verification toolkit – on its own, or in cooperation with partner laboratories, or partners in academia

Knowledge Repository

Act as a knowledge repository to tackle chemical threats worldwide

Facilitate

Enhance the Secretariat’s capability to assist and provide critical support and training for OPCW Member States in research and capacity building activities

Customs

Augment capability to test, evaluate and deploy equipment

Team

Provide in-house capacity building programmes for OPCW Member States

Budget & Timeline

The project has a budget of €33.5M that is exclusively funded by voluntary contributions to the ChemTech Centre Trust Fund.

Construction of the ChemTech Centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

Contributions

OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias expresses gratitude to all contributors to the project.

 

Contributor

Amount

Algeria

€ 15,000

Andorra

€ 11,000

Angola

€ 25,000

Australia

AUD 200,000

Bangladesh

€ 13,339

Belgium

€ 2,000,000

Canada

CAD 10,000,000
(€ 6,574,459)

Chile

€ 13,000

China

€ 27,420

Cyprus

€ 45,000

Czech Republic

€ 19,491

Estonia

€ 10,000

Finland

€ 100,000

France

€ 1,400,000

Germany

€ 1,500,000

Greece

€ 30,000

Hungary

€ 35,000

Indonesia

Rp 165,000,000

Ireland

€ 30,000

Italy

€ 150,000

Japan

€ 2,400,000

Kazakhstan

€ 20,000

Lithuania

€ 10,000

Luxembourg

€ 17,000

Malaysia

€ 10,000

Malta

€ 10,000

Morocco

€ 15,000

Netherlands

€ 2,300,000

New Zealand

€ 200,000

Pakistan

€ 10,000

Peru

€ 9,050

Philippines

USD $ 15,000

Poland

€ 100,000

Portugal

€ 40,000

Republic of Korea

€ 311,092

Romania

€ 9,847

Slovakia

€ 30,000

Slovenia

€ 10,000

Spain

 € 120,000

Sweden

€ 38,319

Switzerland

 € 283,262

Thailand

 THB 450,000

Turkey

€ 30,000

United Arab Emirates

€ 100,000

United Kingdom

€ 1,042,394

United States*

USD $ 6,995,767

European Union

€ 8,131,000

Israel, signatory

€ 12,500

The American Chemical Society

USD $ 10,000

German Chemical Society GDCh

€ 1,000

Personal contributions

€ 30,000

Total

€  33,606,535

*The project is partially sponsored by the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program of the United States Department of Defense. The content of the information in this article does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Federal Government of the United States, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

Documents

Document Symbol Title Date
S/1956/2021 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Progress in the Project to Upgrade the OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 17 May 2021
S/1912/2020 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Progress in the Project to Upgrade the OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 16 November 2020
S/1881/2020 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Progress in the Project to Upgrade the OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 30 June 2020
S/1859/2020* Note by the Technical Secretariat: Progress in the Project to Upgrade the OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 9 March 2020
S/1769/2019 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Progress in the Project to Upgrade the OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 9 July 2019
S/1564/2017/Corr.1 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Needs Statement for Upgrading the OPCW Chemical Laboratory to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology - Corrigendum 3 January 2018
S/1564/2017 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Needs Statement for Upgrading the OPCW Chemical Laboratory to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 22 December 2017
S/1561/2017 Note by the Technical Secretariat: Request from the Director-General to States Parties for Voluntary Contributions to a New Trust Fund for Upgrading the OPCW Chemical Laboratory to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 8 December 2017
S/1512/2017 Upgrading the OPCW Chemical Laboratory to a Centre for Chemistry and Technology 10 July 2017

Presentations

Video: ChemTech Centre Preliminary Design Presentation for States Parties

24 April 2020

Video: ChemTech Centre VR Tour

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