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. Approximately €4.9M is required to fully fund the project, and these funds must be pledged or provided by July 2020 to keep the project on schedule. 

The ChemTech Centre is currently planned to become operational at the end of 2022.

Contributions

OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias expresses gratitude to all contributors to the project, and invites to all OPCW Member States in a position to make any contribution — regardless of size — to do so.

 

Contributor

Amount

Bangladesh

  €13,339

Belgium

  €2,000,000

Canada

  €4,975,077

Chile

  €13,000

China

  €27,420

Czech Republic

  €19,500

Estonia

  Undisclosed

Finland

  €100,000

France

  €1,200,000

Hungary

  €35,000

Ireland

  €30,000

Italy

  €150,000

Japan

  €2,400,000

Kazakhstan

  €10,000

Netherlands

  €2,300,000

New Zealand

 €100,000

Pakistan

  €10,000

Poland

  €100,000

Republic of Korea

  €120,092

Slovakia

 €30,000

Slovenia

  €10,000

Spain

  €120,000

Turkey

  €30,000

United Kingdom

  €599,094

United States

  €6,153,000

European Union

 €8,131,000

Total

  €28,676,522

 

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